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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.
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November 15, 2013 | By Chris Lee
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
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January 21, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Germany's Katarina Witt had a simple goal when she decided to return to competitive skating after the five-year absence following her second straight Olympic gold medal in 1988. Witt wanted to get to the 1994 Olympics to show the world her program -- "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?" -- to portray the torment of war-torn Sarajevo a decade after the joyous Olympics where she won her first gold. Then the 1994 competition began, and Witt did so well in the short program she found herself in a place that had become unfamiliar.
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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.
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March 26, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- It remains just beyond her reach, sometimes no more than a few deep breaths or a slip of a skate blade away. The perfect competition that will define Sasha Cohen's career continues to elude her, even through her most successful season. That she possesses breathtaking grace and astounding flexibility is undeniable. That she can float in the air and land with hardly a flutter and that she can spin like a blur are givens.
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February 10, 2006 | Helene Elliott
The detailed scoring sheet of figure skaters' performances under the new judging system can be difficult to comprehend. The CCoSp4 performed by Sasha Cohen in her long program at the U.S. championships was a spin combination with change of position and a change of foot. It was graded a level 4, with a base value of 3.5. She got an additional 0.64 grade of execution for 4.14 total points. Her LSp4 was a layback spin rated a level 4 with a base value of 2.4. With a 0.
SPORTS
February 25, 2006
Sasha Cohen wins the silver medal, yet The Times runs a picture of her falling down. Does this mean when Vladimir Guerrero hits three homers in a game, you'll run a picture of him striking out? BRIAN GREENE Monrovia Why all the mean-spirited nastiness directed at Sasha Cohen? Bill Plaschke's column was the worst. To suggest that she didn't deserve a medal is really hitting below the belt. Of course she did. After an inauspicious start, she rallied bravely and elegantly to skate a lovely program, racking up sufficient points for her unexcelled artistry and her technical skill.
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August 17, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Enticed by the prospect of having nearly unlimited ice time and the expertise of coaches Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov, Sasha Cohen said Friday leaving Southern California to train in Newington, Conn., offers her the best chance to realize her Olympic ambitions. "It has always been my dream to be an Olympic medalist," said Cohen, twice a runner-up at the U.S. Championships and fourth at the Salt Lake City Games. "Tatiana Tarasova has made that come true for a lot of skaters.
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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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March 11, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
At the U.S. Senior National Championships in Cleveland last month, Sasha Cohen skated a nearly perfect short program, taking first place. Friday at the Junior World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany--and performing a technically easier short program--Cohen finished ninth after falling on her triple lutz and then losing her edge and her landing on the double axel.
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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 21, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Germany's Katarina Witt had a simple goal when she decided to return to competitive skating after the five-year absence following her second straight Olympic gold medal in 1988. Witt wanted to get to the 1994 Olympics to show the world her program -- "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?" -- to portray the torment of war-torn Sarajevo a decade after the joyous Olympics where she won her first gold. Then the 1994 competition began, and Witt did so well in the short program she found herself in a place that had become unfamiliar.
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March 22, 2009 | Andrew Harmon
Figure skating fans may thrill to the jumps and spins, but it's the pageantry that keeps us watching. Sometimes a skater wears the costume; sometimes it's the other way around. Here's a snapshot of memorable (and a few forgettable) style moments in skating history. -- Andrew Harmon Dick Button Sequins? Out of the question. In the post-World War II era, Dick Button clinched two Olympic gold medals and landed the first triple jump in competition while dressed to the nines.
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December 8, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos
A West Los Angeles judge took under submission Thursday a request by two University of South Carolina fraternity brothers who want their scenes removed from the blockbuster 20th Century Fox comedy "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman engaged both sides in extensive questioning on legal issues arising from the headline-grabbing lawsuit.
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November 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A leading Kazakh writer has nominated actor Sasha Baron Cohen for a national award for popularizing Kazakhstan. Novelist Sapabek Asip-uly called on the Kazakh Club of Art Patrons to give Baron Cohen its annual award, according to a letter published by the Vremya newspaper in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week.
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March 26, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Sasha Cohen heard the crowd roar its appreciation for a triumphant performance, but the acclaim was not for her. She has left two Olympics and five World Figure Skating Championships without a victor's tribute, and she might never hear one. "It's a pity," said her coach, John Nicks, his eyes moist. "I'm sort of sad for her." As she'd done in Turin, Cohen on Saturday fumbled away a lead and a gold medal.
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October 20, 2004 | Helene Elliott
Sasha Cohen, world figure skating silver medalist, withdrew Tuesday from the Skate America competition this weekend in Pittsburgh because of a recurring back injury. The former Laguna Niguel resident released a statement through U.S. Figure Skating, saying that an orthopedic surgeon determined she had a back strain, possibly related to a lower-back problem that kept her out of the 2001 U.S. championships.
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January 19, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT
To the end, Sasha Cohen insisted she could have competed in the U.S. figure skating championships. Even though a stress fracture in her back caused the 16-year-old from Laguna Niguel to fall in practice on a single axel jump--a basic move she hadn't missed in years--Cohen wanted to skate. Her coach, John Nicks, finally won their battle of titanic wills, and Cohen withdrew Wednesday.
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March 25, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
It will be different this time, Sasha Cohen insisted Friday. She won't let a major figure skating title slip from her grasp again and leave the world championships with a silver medal or the gnawing regrets she took home from the Turin Olympics. Cohen, of Corona del Mar, purged the memory of her shaky qualifying-round effort on Wednesday by performing a spirited short program to the Russian folk song "Dark Eyes" at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
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March 23, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
The stage was set for Sasha Cohen to win her first major figure skating title and forget that she'd stumbled to a silver medal at the Turin Olympics. But Cohen bumbled her opening lines at the world championships on Wednesday, placing her behind 16-year-old Kimmie Meissner and third in her qualifying group.
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