Does anybody else think that Evan Lysacek will end his career the same way Michael Weiss did? Michael Weiss won 2 World bronze medals, then competed for 6 more years as an amateur but never again attained such heights. I could see the same thing happening to Lysacek as with the depth of the current mens field more World medals do not seem in his future. He won his 2 World bronzes in relatively weaker fields, in what could overall be evaluated as not particularly well skated events. At this years Worlds he did not get the help from the field he is accustomed to, and even with the help from the judges in the scores he has become familiar with, that was not enough to overcome the superiority of his rivals who chose to stand up this time around and he finished out of the medals.
So I would be a bit surprised if he ever managed to reach a Worlds podium again. His only possible improvement at this point is adding a second quadruple jump in the free skate which does not garner you many extra points. His competitors I see much more capacity for technical and artistic growth then he, in fact I would not be at all surprised if he revived Carmen for a 3rd straight year as tedious as it is becoming, it is likely the best work he is capable of. However I still see him hanging around near the top in the U.S and posting some other good results at the World level of 5th, 6th, 7th, from time to time, just as Weiss did. I do not think he will go away anytime soon, whether he continues to pursue the category of eligible skating past 2010 or not is difficult to project, but he will certainly stay in the fray until then and continue to post good results.
Just not up to the heights of continued medals at the World level.