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January 25, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
For someone who insisted all last week that the Olympics in which she hoped to skate were four years away, Mirai Nagasu sure knew a lot about the spoils she had earned for making the U.S. Olympic team that will compete at the Vancouver Winter Games next month. Nagasu said she wanted to attend many Olympic events since "we get the best seats because we're athletes. "And," she added, "I'm really excited about all the free stuff we'll get. I hope a medal will come too." The free tickets, clothing from underwear to fancy hats, luggage and other swag from sponsors are guaranteed.
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August 11, 2011
EVENTS Past, present and future figure skating champions converge for An Evening on Ice, a night of spins, jumps and fancy footwork, all in the name of charity. Thrill to the athletic skills of U.S. ladies champion Rachael Flatt, eight-time British men's champion Steven Cousins, U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush and more than 20 others. Pickwick Ice Center, 1001 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $45-$150. (818) 845-5300. http://www.usathleticfoundation.org.
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SPORTS
January 29, 2011 | By Philip Hersh
Reporting from Greensboro, N.C. Alissa Czisny's first national title had been controversial. This time, there was no doubt. When she won two years ago, Czisny did it despite a third-place free skate that included just three clean triple jumps, fewest by a U.S. champion since 1993. Many felt the judges propped Czisny onto the top step of the podium by inflating marks for her artistry. Saturday, before a sellout crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum, Czisny deservedly topped the field on both the technical and artistic sides of the score sheet.
SPORTS
January 29, 2011 | By Philip Hersh
Reporting from Greensboro, N.C. Alissa Czisny's first national title had been controversial. This time, there was no doubt. When she won two years ago, Czisny did it despite a third-place free skate that included just three clean triple jumps, fewest by a U.S. champion since 1993. Many felt the judges propped Czisny onto the top step of the podium by inflating marks for her artistry. Saturday, before a sellout crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum, Czisny deservedly topped the field on both the technical and artistic sides of the score sheet.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2011
EVENTS Past, present and future figure skating champions converge for An Evening on Ice, a night of spins, jumps and fancy footwork, all in the name of charity. Thrill to the athletic skills of U.S. ladies champion Rachael Flatt, eight-time British men's champion Steven Cousins, U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush and more than 20 others. Pickwick Ice Center, 1001 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $45-$150. (818) 845-5300. http://www.usathleticfoundation.org.
SPORTS
October 23, 2008 | Philip Hersh
Rachael Flatt is a young woman in a hurry. Flatt finishes her second on-ice training session of the day at the Ice Hall of the Colorado Springs World Arena -- half her usual number of sessions because she had to take a standardized statewide achievement test at school. In less than five minutes, she takes off her skates, pulls on a sweater and drags a suitcase, briefcase, oversized quilted bag and a purse outside the building, where she waits for her mother to drive her to a two-hour physical training session at the Olympic Training Center.
SPORTS
January 22, 2010 | Philip Hersh
Sasha Cohen was the headliner. And she put on a brilliant show. Yet Mirai Nagasu upstaged Cohen on the judges' scorecards, which provided an accurate reflection of Thursday's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Nagasu "must have been pretty good to beat that performance," said Cohen's coach, John Nicks. Nagasu was, winning the short program with 70.06 points. Cohen was second at 69.63 and Rachael Flatt third at 69.35, leaving all in strong position to earn one of the two spots on the Olympic team.
SPORTS
November 15, 2009 | Philip Hersh
There are probably 10 men in the hunt for the figure skating medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics. And they all should be thankful South Korean woman Kim Yuna is not in their event. That is why the engraver can start putting Kim's name on the women's gold medal at the upcoming Vancouver Winter Games. The record score she racked up in her short program Saturday night at Skate America would have been second in the men's event. If reigning world champion Kim matches her season-best overall score in Sunday's free skate final, it would put her second in the men's event that reigning men's world champion Evan Lysacek won by a nearly 34-point margin Saturday.
SPORTS
January 24, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
In the end, despite all the intriguing story lines, the decision came down to a familiar scenario in figure skating, whether the judges preferred the accomplished athlete or the dazzling artist. But it wasn't the skater everyone would have singled out as the artist before the U.S. championships began. And it was no surprise, given the mathematical emphasis of the sport's new judging system, that the winner was an athlete who knew how to play the numbers exceptionally well.
SPORTS
February 9, 2010
Curling Vancouver Olympic Centre Men, Feb. 16-27 Best of the U.S.: John Shuster is the only returning member to the U.S. team, which won the bronze four years ago. The U.S. finished fifth at the world championships; most expect them to finish in the middle of the pack. Best of the rest: Curling is a niche sport almost everywhere but Canada. But the Brits won the world championship last year and could unseat the defending champions.
SPORTS
February 24, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
After nearly a year of breathless anticipation, enough to make any women's figure skater hyperventilate if she got caught up in it, the skating world finally got a chance to see whether its newest star, Kim Yuna of South Korea, could withstand the pressure and perform at the level that had made her a heavy Olympic favorite. Her coach, Brian Orser, knew what Kim was going through, having entered the 1988 Olympics in Calgary as Canada's primary hope for a gold and winding up with silver.
SPORTS
February 9, 2010
Curling Vancouver Olympic Centre Men, Feb. 16-27 Best of the U.S.: John Shuster is the only returning member to the U.S. team, which won the bronze four years ago. The U.S. finished fifth at the world championships; most expect them to finish in the middle of the pack. Best of the rest: Curling is a niche sport almost everywhere but Canada. But the Brits won the world championship last year and could unseat the defending champions.
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January 25, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
For someone who insisted all last week that the Olympics in which she hoped to skate were four years away, Mirai Nagasu sure knew a lot about the spoils she had earned for making the U.S. Olympic team that will compete at the Vancouver Winter Games next month. Nagasu said she wanted to attend many Olympic events since "we get the best seats because we're athletes. "And," she added, "I'm really excited about all the free stuff we'll get. I hope a medal will come too." The free tickets, clothing from underwear to fancy hats, luggage and other swag from sponsors are guaranteed.
SPORTS
January 24, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
In the end, despite all the intriguing story lines, the decision came down to a familiar scenario in figure skating, whether the judges preferred the accomplished athlete or the dazzling artist. But it wasn't the skater everyone would have singled out as the artist before the U.S. championships began. And it was no surprise, given the mathematical emphasis of the sport's new judging system, that the winner was an athlete who knew how to play the numbers exceptionally well.
SPORTS
January 23, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Sasha Cohen took the ice a few minutes after the other five skaters in her practice group Friday afternoon, and why not? Doesn't the star always come on last? From the moment she finished second in her senior national debut at age 15 a decade ago, with a persona already so outsized it was hard to imagine that a 5-foot-2 frame could accommodate it, Cohen has been the closest thing to a pure diva in figure skating. Yet never before has everyone else in a competition seemed like just a warmup act for Alexandra Pauline Cohen, known by the Russian diminutive of her first name, so well known that the nickname alone identifies her. From 1996 through 2006, Michelle Kwan's commanding presence diminished that of everyone else in the sport.
SPORTS
January 22, 2010 | Philip Hersh
Sasha Cohen was the headliner. And she put on a brilliant show. Yet Mirai Nagasu upstaged Cohen on the judges' scorecards, which provided an accurate reflection of Thursday's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Nagasu "must have been pretty good to beat that performance," said Cohen's coach, John Nicks. Nagasu was, winning the short program with 70.06 points. Cohen was second at 69.63 and Rachael Flatt third at 69.35, leaving all in strong position to earn one of the two spots on the Olympic team.
SPORTS
January 23, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Sasha Cohen took the ice a few minutes after the other five skaters in her practice group Friday afternoon, and why not? Doesn't the star always come on last? From the moment she finished second in her senior national debut at age 15 a decade ago, with a persona already so outsized it was hard to imagine that a 5-foot-2 frame could accommodate it, Cohen has been the closest thing to a pure diva in figure skating. Yet never before has everyone else in a competition seemed like just a warmup act for Alexandra Pauline Cohen, known by the Russian diminutive of her first name, so well known that the nickname alone identifies her. From 1996 through 2006, Michelle Kwan's commanding presence diminished that of everyone else in the sport.
SPORTS
February 24, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
After nearly a year of breathless anticipation, enough to make any women's figure skater hyperventilate if she got caught up in it, the skating world finally got a chance to see whether its newest star, Kim Yuna of South Korea, could withstand the pressure and perform at the level that had made her a heavy Olympic favorite. Her coach, Brian Orser, knew what Kim was going through, having entered the 1988 Olympics in Calgary as Canada's primary hope for a gold and winding up with silver.
SPORTS
November 15, 2009 | Philip Hersh
There are probably 10 men in the hunt for the figure skating medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics. And they all should be thankful South Korean woman Kim Yuna is not in their event. That is why the engraver can start putting Kim's name on the women's gold medal at the upcoming Vancouver Winter Games. The record score she racked up in her short program Saturday night at Skate America would have been second in the men's event. If reigning world champion Kim matches her season-best overall score in Sunday's free skate final, it would put her second in the men's event that reigning men's world champion Evan Lysacek won by a nearly 34-point margin Saturday.
SPORTS
October 23, 2008 | Philip Hersh
Rachael Flatt is a young woman in a hurry. Flatt finishes her second on-ice training session of the day at the Ice Hall of the Colorado Springs World Arena -- half her usual number of sessions because she had to take a standardized statewide achievement test at school. In less than five minutes, she takes off her skates, pulls on a sweater and drags a suitcase, briefcase, oversized quilted bag and a purse outside the building, where she waits for her mother to drive her to a two-hour physical training session at the Olympic Training Center.
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