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December 29, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
April Sargent-Thomas, who with Russ Witherby forms the No. 2 ice dance team in the United States, reportedly might miss next month's U.S. Figure Skating Championships after undergoing surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst. The Ogdensburg (N.Y.) Journal reported that Sargent-Thomas was released from a hospital Wednesday and was told by doctors she would have to skip the nationals Jan. 6-12 at Orlando, Fla.
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April 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf returned to practice with his team for the first time since Monday but didn't definitively say if he was playing in Friday night's Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs. The Ducks' first-round series versus the Dallas Stars is tied 2-2. “We'll see tonight. This is part of the process we're going through and we won't know until game time,” said Getzlaf, who led the Ducks in points (31 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season and has two goals and two assists in this series.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2010
Skating on Stilts Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism Stewart Baker Hoover Institution Press: 376 pp., $19.95
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Jason Moskowitz captures skateboarders and their shadows Saturday morning at the Venice Skate Park. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
WORLD
February 27, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Yuriko Nagano
Kim Yu-na could be excused if she had cracked under the pressure. Going for gold in Vancouver on Thursday night, the slight South Korean figure skater carried more than her own expectations of victory; she represented the yearning of a nation. And when Kim delivered with a skate for the ages, Koreans had not just their country's first-ever figure skating gold medal, but something many treasure even more: the defeat of Kim's closest rival, Mao Asada of Japan. When it comes to sports, there is little sweeter to a Korean than a victory over Japan, its former colonial occupier and the country against which it measures success.
SPORTS
January 29, 1994
Last night I saw Harding and Kerrigan Being beat up on TV; they were there again. From a sport where they skate, Which we usually hate, How I yearn for the day we won't care again. JOHN THOMPSON Chino
IMAGE
November 10, 2013 | Alene Dawson
U.S. Figure Skating champion Ashley Wagner is headed to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February. She's excited about that -- and also excited that she's just been named CoverGirl's latest, well, CoverGirl. Wagner, 22, grew up as an "Army brat," living in Germany, Alaska, California and New York. We met recently to discuss her accolades and style. Congratulations on your U.S. championship and on being a new CoverGirl. Thank you. This is such a dream come true.
MAGAZINE
April 2, 1995
I remember the glory of yesteryear, when stars like Terri Lynch, Honey Sanchez, Ralphie Valladares, Ronnie Rains, John Parker and John Hall skated the banked track ("Roller Derby Redux," by Judy Raphael, Palm Latitudes, Feb. 26). And I still recall how the late Dick Lane called the games in his colorful and high-spirited voice. Hats off to each and every competitors in this new venture of speed skating and showmanship. Good work, Bert Wall and Bob Venter. Hooray for Gina Valladares and all the other young speedy skaters.
SPORTS
February 19, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
He entered in the dark; black costume, slick black hair, deeply tanned face, second place. He finished in the light, those spangled arms pumping in joy, that hair coming unglued during his spins, the switch flipped from gloom to gold. Finally, an American male figure skater took the Olympic ice with the guts and skill of, well, an American woman. Finally, one of our dudes ruffled more than his shirt. In nine of the most stirringly unexpected minutes of these Olympics, Evan Lysacek torched, Russian rival Evgeni Plushenko trembled, mastery beat might, precision beat power, and the top of a podium was stolen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2002 | Howard Rosenberg
The clicking you hear is the sound of word processors pounding out proposals, treatments and screenplays. That's because Hollywood's most creative minds have been highly energized by the near-simultaneous arrival of the 2002 Oscar nominations and the Winter Olympics. Through television, the year's talked-about movies and this month's Salt Lake City Games may have the opportunity to endure indefinitely in prime time. This information comes from the same unreliable, impeachable, irresponsible, thoroughly tongue-in-cheek and not-to-be-taken-seriously sources on which this column has always relied.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
The Bots aren't old enough to drink, but they've already played some of the biggest festivals in the world, including the Warped Tour, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, CMJ and, most recently, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Brothers Mikaiah, 20, and Anaiah, 17, Lei may still live with their parents, but that doesn't mean this Glendale skate punk outfit hasn't paid its dues. Since forming in 2006 - Anaiah was in the fifth grade - the brothers have issued an album and three EPs, opened for Bad Brains, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tenacious D, and had Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz namedrop them as one of his favorites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Former professional skateboarder and punk rock singer Duane Peters was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge. Peters, 52, known as "The Master of Disaster," was charged in February with assaulting his girlfriend at their Long Beach home, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. An Orange County native, Peters  gained fame for helping pioneer radical skateboarding moves. He has been credited as among the first skaters to do a 360-degree loop, called “the loop of death,” and for inventing such tricks as “the Fake and Thruster” and “the Indy Air.” Peters embraced punk rock, and his skate-punk style had a strong influence on the skateboarding world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Tahsin Hyder and Anna Sterling
An employee of a Northridge roller rink with a self-described “foot fetish” told police he repeatedly took young boys into a maintenance room and had them remove their socks and rub their feet on his hands or face to sexually arouse himself, court documents allege. Julian Christopher Flores, 19, said he engaged in that behavior at Northridge Skateland with about 200 boys over the course of a year, court records show. Flores' statement to police came a day after one boy told his grandmother about an encounter in the maintenance room, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Tahsin Hyder and Anna Sterling
An employee of a Northridge roller rink with a self-described "foot fetish" told police he repeatedly took young boys into a maintenance room and had them remove their socks and rub their feet on his hands or face to sexually arouse himself, court documents say. Julian Christopher Flores, 19, said he engaged in that behavior at Northridge Skateland with about 200 boys over the course of a year, court records show. Flores' statement to police came a day after one boy told his grandmother about an encounter in the maintenance room, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - The numbers do not add up to a pretty picture for United States figure skating. The U.S. skaters left Sochi with the ice dance gold by Meryl Davis and Charlie White as their only medal in the sport's four traditional disciplines, matching Team USA's lowest Olympic total since the 1994 Winter Games. The women now have failed to win a medal at either the Olympics or World Championships since Kimmie Meissner's world title in 2006 - the longest such U.S. drought since figure skating became an Olympic sport in 1924.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
The brilliantly graceful South Korean queen of figure skating did everything necessary to retain her Olympic crown Thursday night while facing a feisty Russian kid in an arena filled with fanatical Russian fans. Yuna Kim never stood a chance. Some would call it scandal, others would call it skating, but common sense would call what happened at the Iceberg Skating Palace just plain wrong. Kim skated last and with perfection but could not withstand an earlier emotional charge from 17-year-old Russian Adelina Sotnikova, who used heart and the home-ice advantage to stunningly win the gold medal.
SPORTS
February 23, 2002
Here are the results for Winter Olympics whining: Gold: Russia. Silver: South Korea. Bronze: Canada. Richard Clark Los Angeles It's a bummer? At least Greg Norman no longer has to carry the title as the Greatest Choker in Sports History. That torch has been passed to Michelle Kwan. Matt Stein Los Alamitos The purpose of the Olympics, simply put, is to foster peace. Young athletes from around the world are brought together in a non-political setting in order to meet, enjoy their youth and mutual talent, and hopefully to take some good feelings home with them.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Figure skating is a beautiful sport. It's fluid and graceful -- and it's fast. So fast, in fact, that it can look totally different when you slow it down. Or bring it to a halt. Still photography can bring out skating's most awkward moments, as you can see in the slideshow above. Some things that look great flowing across the ice don't look so great when a skater is caught in that one split second - something we couldn't help but notice when browsing through pictures of figure skating at the Olympics this year.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
A petition demanding an investigation into the Olympic gold medal win of Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova is breaking records at Change.org. Fans of Sochi silver medal winner Yuna Kim of South Korea have caused the petition to catch fire. It was gaining 100,000 new signatures every 15 minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning, Pacific time, with 90% of signatures coming from inside Korea. "No other Change.org petition has gotten to 1 million signatures in eight hours before," spokesman Mark Anthony told the L.A. Times on Friday morning.
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