August 16, 2002 |
Figure skater Sasha Cohen of Laguna Niguel, whose balletic grace propelled her to a second-place finish at this year's U.S. Championships and fourth place at the Salt Lake City Olympics, has left longtime coach John Nicks to work with Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov in Newington, Conn. Cohen will announce the switch today in a conference call with reporters. Tarasova's most recent triumph was guiding Alexei Yagudin to the men's gold medal at Salt Lake City.
March 30, 1995 |
That he fell on the last jump of the last long program of his competitive season didn't matter to Todd Eldredge. Crashing to the ice on a triple axel he threw in "just for the heck of it" didn't mar his performance Wednesday--and it didn't prevent the three-time U.S. men's champion from moving up from third place and winning the Hershey's Kisses International Challenge title at the Sports Arena.
March 8, 1995 |
English figure skating hooligans, moving through the crowd with loaded flash cameras, disrupted the pairs short program at the World Championships on Tuesday night with utter disregard for decorum. "Please refrain from flashing your cameras while the skaters are performing," the public address announcer admonished the throng at one point. "If you really have to flash, we suggest you do it in the car park." Once again, British humor saved the day and order was restored.
March 23, 1996 |
If Michelle Kwan has nerves, they are hidden deep under the makeup she is using to accentuate her graduation to the top of women's figure skating. She was so poised and confident in the days leading to Friday's short program in the world championships that her father, Danny, said he wanted to ask her, "Are you really that good?"
March 29, 1995 |
Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny considered skating off into the sunset of professional ice shows last year, after they finished sixth among pairs at the Lillehammer Olympics. But Kovarikova and Novotny, who left their native Czech Republic to train in Lake Arrowhead the last three seasons, thought they had more medal-caliber performances left in them. "We wanted to prove we are at the top level," Kovarikova said.
July 4, 1996 |
Michelle Kwan, the 1996 world and national figure-skating champion from Torrance, turns 16 Sunday and expects to find 16,000 people on hand for the occasion. She will be performing that afternoon with more than two dozen other top skaters at the Pond of Anaheim, on the Tour of World Figure Skating Champions. Kwan's cast mates include current world champion and U.S. silver medalist Todd Eldredge, reigning U.S.
February 22, 1994 |
The chill was so thick after the Winter Olympic ice dancing competition Monday night that it could have been cut with the blade of a skating boot, a sensation that had nothing to do with the temperature inside the Olympic Amphitheatre.
October 23, 1996 |
Top American soccer players reached contract agreements with the U.S. Soccer Federation Tuesday, ensuring that they will play in World Cup qualifying, which begins Nov. 3 against Guatemala. Most of the players who helped the United States reach the second round of the 1994 World Cup are involved in the agreement, including Alexi Lalas, John Harkes, Tab Ramos and Eric Wynalda. "I am very pleased that this situation has been resolved and that the United States soccer fans will have all their stars to cheer for," said Alan Rothenberg, president of the USSF.
February 14, 1998 |
The ice charade known as Olympic ice dancing opened its Nagano session Friday night with two compulsory dances and more compulsory accusations of competition-rigging and behind-the-scenes deal-making. This time, the most explosive volleys were fired by the Canadian team of Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz and their coach, Natalia Dubova, who charged the Russian and the French judges with conspiring to vote in blocs at the expense of the North Americans. "It's a joke," Dubova said.