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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 20, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Ashley Wagner is not happy with the scores the judges gave her free skate program Thursday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. So what's new? The expressions on her face after receiving scores following her performances in the team competition earlier in the Games and the short program Wednesday night suggested similar feelings. But after skating cleanly in both programs of women's figure skating competition only to finish seventh behind several skaters who fell in one or more of their programs, Wagner, who also won bronze with the U.S. in the team competition, let it all out. Photos: Faces of the Olympic Games After saying she felt cheated, Wagner said: "People don't want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean.
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January 16, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
At age 81, in his 49th year of coaching, it figured John Nicks would say he isn't surprised by much. So Nicks initially said he was disappointed rather than surprised in how badly his athletes, Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, had skated Friday afternoon in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Arena. A few minutes later, Nicks changed his mind. "These last three or so days here, they have practiced as well as any pair I have taught," Nicks said. "I was surprised."
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February 11, 2014 | By John Cherwa
WOMEN'S DOWNHILL Can Julia Mancuso win her second medal of the Games? It's certainly possible. Mancuso surprised everyone with a bronze in the super combined, but now she gets to race her better discipline. This was Lindsey Vonn's race to lose until she was injured. Now it's anybody's race to win. MEN'S 1,000 SPEEDSKATING Shani Davis hopes to become the first American to win the same event three straight times. Poised to stop him is Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who won the 500 earlier this week.
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January 23, 2009 | Philip Hersh
Alissa Czisny had a cast on her hand when she skated in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships a year ago. When the event ended, Czisny needed protection not only for a broken thumb but for a shattered spirit. The young woman whose surpassing elegance always was undone by substantial errors wondered how she could recapture the desire to keep going. She had been third at the 2007 nationals, then ninth in 2008.
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January 21, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The Russians are back. Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko won the short program at the European figure skating championships Wednesday in Tallinn, Estonia, with a spectacular performance that proved he has the goods to repeat in Vancouver despite a three-year layoff. Plushenko scored 91.30 points, beating the world record he set at the Turin Games. Brian Joubert , the 2007 world champion, is about two points behind and fellow Frenchman Yannick Ponsero is third going into today's free skate.
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October 21, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Michal Brezina, a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic, added by subtraction Friday night at Skate America and put himself into first place after the men's short program. Skating as the ninth of 10 skaters, Brezina, who finished fourth at last year's world championships, downgraded a planned quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination into a triple flip-triple toe loop and did it with high-flying verve. His decision paid off. Brezina's score of 79.08 gave him nearly a 10-point lead and first place over defending world silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka of Japan, who fell hard and early on his attempted quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop in the competition at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
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February 21, 2006
Skaters in tonight's women's figure skating short program are required to perform eight elements in any sequence. The score from the short program will be added to Thursday's free skate score to determine gold. A look at the required short program elements.
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January 19, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Maria Butyrskaya won the short program in the European Figure Skating Championships at Lausanne, Switzerland, skating with ease Friday while the other top Russian and Olympic gold hopeful made another surprising fall. Butyrskaya's clean routine gives her the edge in confidence going into the Feb. 8-24 Salt Lake City Games, where she and teammate Irina Slutskaya are U.S. champion Michelle Kwan's main rivals for the gold.
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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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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 | Philip Hersh
Polina Edmunds got a wake-up call two years ago. And she gave the top women in U.S. figure skating one Thursday night. The 15-year-old from San Jose made her senior-level debut by finishing what only she thought was an unsurprising second on a night of short-program surprises at the U.S. championships. Two-time defending champion Ashley Wagner wound up fourth. The unpredictable Mirai Nagasu was third. Gracie Gold, for whom short programs have been a nemesis, was in utter command of this one. In her competitive debut of a new program, set to Grieg's "A Minor Piano Concerto," Gold rolled up 72.12 points for a lead of 5.37 over Edmunds going into Saturday's free skate.
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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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October 15, 2013 | By Susan King
AFI Fest 2013 has chosen 10 movies for its New Auteurs showcase and 36 shorts for this year's festival, which takes place Nov. 7-14 at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Roosevelt Hotel. Among the 10 films in the New Auteurs showcase are "The Fake," an animated drama from South Korea; the German drama "Nothing Bad Can Happen"; the Mexican comedy "We Are Mari Pepa"; and the Argentinean comedy "The Owners. " "I left Los Angeles 11 months ago and traveled to half a dozen film festivals to curate the New Auteurs section and find the the 10 finest films from first- and second-time filmmakers," Lane Kneedler, associate director of programming, said in a statement.
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March 14, 2013 | By Philip Hersh,  
LONDON, Canada - Gracie Gold is plainly reverential toward Yuna Kim, whom the 17-year-old Gold came to idolize in the two years leading up to Kim's victory at the 2010 Olympics. It makes no difference that she now is Kim's competitor. This was Gold's first encounter with Kim, and she was excited and a little intimidated in the South Korean's presence. Gold would be too busy with her own preparations for Thursday's short program at the Figure Skating World Championships to catch anything but the end of Kim's performance.
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March 14, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
LONDON, Canada - Gracie Gold is plainly reverential toward Yuna Kim, whom the 17-year-old Gold came to idolize in the two years leading up to Kim's victory at the 2010 Olympics. It makes no difference that she now is Kim's competitor. This was Gold's first encounter with Kim, and she was excited and a little intimidated in the South Korean's presence. Gold would be too busy with her own preparations for Thursday's short program at the Figure Skating World Championships to catch anything but the end of Kim's performance.
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March 28, 2009 | Philip Hersh
She is considered the biggest star in South Korea, a young woman who sings surprisingly well and skates remarkably well. "Of course, skating is harder," Kim Yu-Na said with a laugh. It didn't appear that way Friday afternoon, when Kim's seemingly effortless brilliance in the World Championships short program left two of the greatest athletes in the sport's history awe-struck after their first in-person view of her. "I'm completely impressed," said 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi.
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March 5, 1988
After viewing Katarina Witt's short program and her even shorter costume, I can state indeed that brevity is the soul of Witt. DAVID DYKSTRA Santa Monica
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March 13, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
LONDON, Canada - It had been a blue funk kind of season for Patrick Chan. Sure, the judges remained enamored of his prodigious talent. But it had reached the point that they simply overlooked his frequent falls and propped him up to victory with the component - or artistry - scores. The Canadian was third at the Grand Prix Final and second at Skate Canada, of all places. As the World Championships neared, Chan knew something had to change if he were to win a third straight title.
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January 26, 2013 | By Phil Hersh
OMAHA - This was the Gracie Gold everyone was waiting for. After a disastrous short program in her senior national debut Thursday, Gold simply blew the doors off the CenturyLink Center in Saturday's free skate, wiped out an 11-point deficit, soared from ninth to second and earned a place on the U.S. team for the world championships in March. It was one of the most dramatic finishes in U.S. Figure Skating Championships history. Shaking off a bloody nose just before she took the ice, Gold gave a dazzling display of speed and jumping to win the free skate by 11 points and nearly unseat defending champion Ashley Wagner, who became the first repeat women's winner since Michelle Kwan in 2005.
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