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January 13, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Delores Nikodinov of San Pedro, the mother of figure skater Angela Nikodinov, was killed when a van carrying the family from Portland International Airport to the city for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships collided with a car on Interstate 205, hit a highway barrier and flipped onto its side, police said Wednesday night. Delores Nikodinov, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, on the southbound side of the highway, at 9:19 a.m.
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November 2, 2006 | HELENE ELLIOTT
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.
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January 13, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
It was like stepping to the plate after Barry Bonds. It was like walking down the fairway behind Tiger Woods. At 7:10 p.m. Saturday, all the air had been sucked out of the biggest room in town. The woman who had spent two months catching her breath gasped. Following her heart had been easy. But now Angela Nikodinov had to follow Michelle Kwan. The echoes of a standing ovation wafting down the Staples Center hallways. Piles of stuffed yellow toys freshly plowed from the ice. The announcement of two 6.0 scores bouncing off the boards.
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January 13, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Delores Nikodinov of San Pedro, the mother of figure skater Angela Nikodinov, was killed when a van carrying the family from Portland International Airport to the city for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships collided with a car on Interstate 205, hit a highway barrier and flipped onto its side, police said Wednesday night. Delores Nikodinov, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, on the southbound side of the highway, at 9:19 a.m.
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January 8, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
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.
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October 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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January 13, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
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.
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February 14, 1999 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 2, 2006 | HELENE ELLIOTT
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.
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February 11, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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January 13, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
It was like stepping to the plate after Barry Bonds. It was like walking down the fairway behind Tiger Woods. At 7:10 p.m. Saturday, all the air had been sucked out of the biggest room in town. The woman who had spent two months catching her breath gasped. Following her heart had been easy. But now Angela Nikodinov had to follow Michelle Kwan. The echoes of a standing ovation wafting down the Staples Center hallways. Piles of stuffed yellow toys freshly plowed from the ice. The announcement of two 6.0 scores bouncing off the boards.
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January 13, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
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.
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January 8, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
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.
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February 11, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 14, 1999 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 7, 2002
SCHEDULE * Short program, 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Staples Center (worth one-third of final score). * Long program, 4:40 p.m. Saturday at Staples Center (worth two-thirds of final score). The U.S. can send three women's singles skaters to the Salt Lake City Winter Games. * FAVORITES MICHELLE KWAN Torrance * A five-time U.S. champion and four-time world champion, Kwan has had a turbulent season. She switched choreographers, dropped longtime coach Frank Carroll and hasn't dominated as she had.
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March 11, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
At the U.S. Senior National Championships in Cleveland last month, Sasha Cohen skated a near-perfect short program. She landed her required jumps with ease and performed other elements with such grace that she received a standing ovation and a first-place position, even defeating America's champion, Michelle Kwan.
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