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January 25, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
OMAHA - It had to crush Evan Lysacek to be sitting in a suite rather than competing, which he had hoped to do until undergoing surgery for a hernia in November. A healthy Lysacek could have gotten on the ice while dressed in the suit he was wearing Friday and beaten the sloppy short program performances in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that unfolded in front of him at CenturyLink Arena. It got so awful at times, with five falls in one six-skater stretch, that there was no need for a Zamboni to clean the ice. It wasn't all horrible, even if there was little memorable.
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February 13, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Russia's Evgeny Plushenko withdrew, and a chunk of the crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace left with him. Four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott crashed but burned with a will that drove him to fight off pain, get up and continue. And there were 19 skaters left in Thursday's Olympic short program after all of that drama. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi One, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, simply brought down the remainder of the house with a barrier-breaking performance so brilliant it will be numbered among the greatest short programs ever, no matter what judging system is used to assess it. Energetic, powerful, sure-footed on his massive jumps, Hanyu, 19, became the first to pass the century mark, the score of 101.45 topping the 99.84 he earned three months ago. It gave him a lead of nearly four points over favored Patrick Chan of Canada going into Friday's free skate.
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January 18, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
The two men who have been in an Olympics, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir, shared both mixed feelings about their flawed performances Sunday and the hope the best will come a month from now in Vancouver. The man going to his first Winter Games, Jeremy Abbott, may find it hard to top what he did. And he may not need to, for Abbott's free skate was such a tour de force it not only turned an expected close competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships into a rout but was easily good enough to win an Olympic medal -- even gold.
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February 12, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Two Canadian men could sweep the medals in men's figure skating. That apparent mathematical impossibility adds up because Canadian skater Patrick Chan is the favorite and Canadian coach Brian Orser, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, guides two of the other leading contenders, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Javier Fernandez of Spain. A victory by any of those three would produce the first men's figure skating gold medal for his country - in Fernandez's case, any medal would be a figure skating first for Spain.
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January 10, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON -- Jeremy Abbott nearly fell on a jump. But it was merely his jump for joy after a performance in Friday's short program at the U.S. Championships that recalled what a wondrous skater Abbott can be when he lands the jumps that count. After struggling since winning his third U.S. title in 2012, Abbott finally put together a program with accomplished athleticism to complement his always striking artistry. The result was a record 99.86 points from judges generous with their scores all night, first place in the short program by more than seven points and a leg up on a second Olympic appearance.
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February 6, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Evgeny Plushenko's saga seems to come from an epic Russian novel. It might run as long as "War and Peace" and its 1,000-plus pages. Triumph. Controversy. Injury. Carping. Mystery. All that in the 31 years since Plushenko was born in Russia's far east, where he lived in a clutch of houses along the Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad. Most expected the competitive figure skating part of his life story to have been consigned to history by now. But Plushenko is back, the most celebrated Russian athlete in an individual sport at Russia's first Winter Olympics.
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January 12, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON -- In 2011, after Jason Brown delivered a dazzling free skate in his senior debut at the U.S. Championships, it was apparent his ninth-place finish was not an accurate reflection of his promising future in the sport. Then 16, Brown had not even mastered the triple axel jump, a litmus test for success in elite men's skating. Given that, it seemed as if his development timetable would be geared to the 2018 Olympics. His coach, Kori Ade, had another plan. Three years ago, she talked of having Brown on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team.
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February 13, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Russia's Evgeny Plushenko withdrew, and a chunk of the crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace left with him. Four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott crashed but burned with a will that drove him to fight off pain, get up and continue. And there were 19 skaters left in Thursday's Olympic short program after all of that drama. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi One, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, simply brought down the remainder of the house with a barrier-breaking performance so brilliant it will be numbered among the greatest short programs ever, no matter what judging system is used to assess it. Energetic, powerful, sure-footed on his massive jumps, Hanyu, 19, became the first to pass the century mark, the score of 101.45 topping the 99.84 he earned three months ago. It gave him a lead of nearly four points over favored Patrick Chan of Canada going into Friday's free skate.
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January 24, 2009 | Philip Hersh
Evan Lysacek skated better than he has all season, putting down a performance worthy of his stature as winner of the last two U.S. titles. It wasn't good enough, because Jeremy Abbott immediately followed with two minutes 40 seconds of skating that underscored his stature as the new star of U.S. men's skating. They were the first two skaters on the ice in Friday's short program at the U.S. championships, and they made the 17 who followed seem irrelevant. Abbott (86.40), of Aspen, Colo.
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January 19, 2009 | Philip Hersh
Jeremy Abbott had no idea how many miles were on the 1988 Saab he had been driving for years. "The odometer is stuck," Abbott said after recently allowing himself the luxury of his first new car, a Honda Civic Si coupe. Abbott felt comfortable enough to upgrade his wheels now that his figure skating career no longer is stuck on the road of inconsistency that had made it a long trip from talented kid to decorated senior competitor.
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February 12, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best Bets for Thursday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics: MEN'S HOCKEY The U.S. opens pool play with a game against Slovakia. Canada and Russia are the expected gold-medal finalists, but it wouldn't surprise if the U.S. was around at the end. The thing about Olympic hockey is you get to see lines such as Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown and Phil Kessel. Jonathan Quick will be in goal. WOMEN'S SPEEDSKATING The U.S. could win gold if Heather Richardson can shake off her lackluster performance in the 500 meters and win the 1,000 meters.
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February 6, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Evgeny Plushenko's saga seems to come from an epic Russian novel. It might run as long as "War and Peace" and its 1,000-plus pages. Triumph. Controversy. Injury. Carping. Mystery. All that in the 31 years since Plushenko was born in Russia's far east, where he lived in a clutch of houses along the Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad. Most expected the competitive figure skating part of his life story to have been consigned to history by now. But Plushenko is back, the most celebrated Russian athlete in an individual sport at Russia's first Winter Olympics.
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February 4, 2014 | From Staff Reports
Snowboarder Marika Enne of Finland, a 21-year-old with a history of concussions, hit her head during a slopestyle training session at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday, her coach said. The injury came one day after a favorite on the men's side, Torstein Horgmo of Norway, suffered a broken collarbone, putting him out of the Olympics. Enne was taken away on a stretcher. Afterward, snowboarders were downplaying the notion that the course was too dangerous, the serious injuries putting the new Olympic event in the spotlight.
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January 12, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON -- In 2011, after Jason Brown delivered a dazzling free skate in his senior debut at the U.S. Championships, it was apparent his ninth-place finish was not an accurate reflection of his promising future in the sport. Then 16, Brown had not even mastered the triple axel jump, a litmus test for success in elite men's skating. Given that, it seemed as if his development timetable would be geared to the 2018 Olympics. His coach, Kori Ade, had another plan. Three years ago, she talked of having Brown on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team.
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January 10, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON -- Jeremy Abbott nearly fell on a jump. But it was merely his jump for joy after a performance in Friday's short program at the U.S. Championships that recalled what a wondrous skater Abbott can be when he lands the jumps that count. After struggling since winning his third U.S. title in 2012, Abbott finally put together a program with accomplished athleticism to complement his always striking artistry. The result was a record 99.86 points from judges generous with their scores all night, first place in the short program by more than seven points and a leg up on a second Olympic appearance.
SPORTS
January 25, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
OMAHA - It had to crush Evan Lysacek to be sitting in a suite rather than competing, which he had hoped to do until undergoing surgery for a hernia in November. A healthy Lysacek could have gotten on the ice while dressed in the suit he was wearing Friday and beaten the sloppy short program performances in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that unfolded in front of him at CenturyLink Arena. It got so awful at times, with five falls in one six-skater stretch, that there was no need for a Zamboni to clean the ice. It wasn't all horrible, even if there was little memorable.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best Bets for Thursday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics: MEN'S HOCKEY The U.S. opens pool play with a game against Slovakia. Canada and Russia are the expected gold-medal finalists, but it wouldn't surprise if the U.S. was around at the end. The thing about Olympic hockey is you get to see lines such as Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown and Phil Kessel. Jonathan Quick will be in goal. WOMEN'S SPEEDSKATING The U.S. could win gold if Heather Richardson can shake off her lackluster performance in the 500 meters and win the 1,000 meters.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Two Canadian men could sweep the medals in men's figure skating. That apparent mathematical impossibility adds up because Canadian skater Patrick Chan is the favorite and Canadian coach Brian Orser, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, guides two of the other leading contenders, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Javier Fernandez of Spain. A victory by any of those three would produce the first men's figure skating gold medal for his country - in Fernandez's case, any medal would be a figure skating first for Spain.
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January 30, 2011 | By Philip Hersh
Reporting from Greensboro, N.C. With Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir not competing, it figured to be a wide-open men's title fight at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. After all, either Lysacek or Weir or both ? five times ? had been on the podium every year one of the seven previous seasons. But no one could have predicted Sunday's results, among the unlikeliest in U.S. skating history. "Very, very surprising," reigning Olympic champion Lysacek said after presenting the gold, silver, and bronze medals to Ryan Bradley, Richard Dornbush and Ross Miner ?
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January 18, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
The two men who have been in an Olympics, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir, shared both mixed feelings about their flawed performances Sunday and the hope the best will come a month from now in Vancouver. The man going to his first Winter Games, Jeremy Abbott, may find it hard to top what he did. And he may not need to, for Abbott's free skate was such a tour de force it not only turned an expected close competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships into a rout but was easily good enough to win an Olympic medal -- even gold.
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