January 8, 2002 |
We'll think we are hearing her music. We aren't. When Angela Nikodinov takes to the ice at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this week, the loudspeakers will blare classical, but her mind will play oldies. Cackling from a car radio. Driving from Lake Arrowhead to San Pedro. Sung loud and off-key and absolutely perfectly by her best friend and coach, Elena Tcherkasskaia. "She would know all the words, even if they didn't sound like all the words," recalled Nikodinov.
October 24, 2004 |
After skating little in the last two years because of shoulder surgery, Angela Nikodinov arrived at Skate America just hoping to compete. The 24-year-old American did that and more Saturday, winning the women's title after completing 10 jumps while the rest of the field fell -- literally. Japan's Miki Ando, who led entering the free skate, fell while attempting a quadruple salchow and a triple lutz.
February 14, 1999 |
The setting was snowcapped Utah, the competition was open to all 50 states, but truth be told, this was the Los Angeles Invitational masquerading as the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Saturday at the Delta Center, medals were presented to the six best male and female solo skaters in the country. A partial roll call: Michelle Kwan of Torrance and Lake Arrowhead, women's national champion for a second consecutive year.
November 2, 2006 |
If Angela Nikodinov had never laced up her skates again, who could have blamed her? Figure skating had brought her so much joy, but it also had brought unspeakable sorrows that still haunt her as she moves slowly, surely forward. Nikodinov, of San Pedro, had gone through a series of coaches in search of the right fit until, in 2000, she discovered Elena Tcherkasskaia.
February 11, 2001 |
Angela Nikodinov knew she had skated well, but she couldn't bear to watch the last few competitors in the Four Continents Figure Skating championships perform their long programs Saturday. Nikodinov, 20, of San Pedro, began to pack her gear and leave the Delta Center, certain she would not be needed for the medal ceremony because she had been seventh after the short program. "I thought maybe I'd be fifth and skate in the exhibition," said Nikodinov, who was third at the U.S. championships.
January 13, 2002 |
Football or figure skating, that was the question. ABC made its call early on that one, opting to keep the Raiders-Jets playoff game right where it was, on prime-time center stage, and bumping the women's free skate at the U.S. Olympic trials to a side lot known as ABC Family Channel. To put it another way, ABC opted for Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller and Eric Dickerson over Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Sarah Hughes and Angela Nikodinov. I'm not sure I'd make the same call, but I'm not paid to make those decisions.