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February 2, 1985 | Associated Press
Brian Boitano landed seven triple jumps and won the men's title Friday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, while Tiffany Chin made mistakes but still retained her lead among women. Boitano, runner-up at the nationals the past two years, succeeded Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who retired earlier this year. Mark Cockerell, 22, of Burbank, Calif., won the silver medal, and Scott Williams, 18, of Redondo Beach, Calif., won the bronze. Boitano, 21, of Sunnyvale, Calif.
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January 12, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON - At the end of last season, it already seemed clear Gracie Gold had surpassed two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner as the leading U.S. women's skater, even if Gold had been one place behind Wagner at both the 2013 national and world championships. Now there is no doubt, given Gold's utter dominance of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that ended Saturday with the 18-year-old from Springfield winning her first national title. Wagner acknowledged that during the awards ceremony when she told Gold, "Congratulations, you were the star of the night.
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February 3, 1985 | Associated Press
Tiffany Chin took charge of her skating career and now she's in charge of the U.S. women's skating crown. Chin, 17, one of America's bright hopes for the 1988 Calgary Olympics, won the women's title Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert, who lost a bronze at Sarajevo by fractions, won their fifth straight U.S. dance gold medal Saturday night.
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January 8, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Her first name describes the refinement and polish figure skater Grace Elizabeth Gold embodies at her best, enhancing her huge, difficult jumps and the luminous smile she outlines with her trademark red lipstick. Her last name says what she's pursuing this week in Boston at the U.S. figure skating championships: her first senior-level national title and a place on the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games. The women's competition will begin Thursday with the short program and will end Saturday.
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February 2, 1985 | GIB TWYMAN, Kansas City Star
Back home in Burbank, Mark Cockerell has a 1974 Capri with 128,000 miles on it. Every weekend, he says, he cleans the engine, shampoos the carpets and "tightens anything loose underneath I can find on it." Polished to a brilliant yellow, the car doesn't have a dent or spot of rust on it. "You can't even hear the engine," he said. "To most people, it may not seem like much, but I love that car and to me it's beautiful."
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February 9, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Jill Trenary is presumed to be so far above the other women in the U.S. figure skating championships that they don't even think about competing against her. They are, however, competing among themselves for second place and a trip to Paris next month for the world championships. Jeri Campbell, a former national junior champion from Garden City, Mich., who trains in Burbank, was the best of the rest Wednesday at the Mount Pleasant Arena in the compulsory figures.
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January 31, 1989
Olympic figure skater Caryn Kadavy withdrew from next week's U.S. Figure Skating Championships because of injuries in both ankles.
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January 13, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. figure skating champion Jill Trenary has undergone ankle surgery and will not compete at next month's U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis. Trenary, the three-time U.S. champion, had surgery on her left ankle this week, coach Kathy Casey said. Casey also said by telephone from Omaha that the 23-year-old Trenary had been told by doctors to withdraw from the U.S. championships, set for Feb. 11-17 in Minneapolis.
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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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October 5, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Staples Center will host of the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating championships, the first major sporting event to be scheduled at the $350-million arena in downtown Los Angeles. Securing the U.S. championships, which will determine the delegation that will represent the U.S. at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, is a significant coup for the Staples Center. The building, which will house the Kings, Lakers and Clippers, is scheduled to open for events in October 1999.
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January 24, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
OMAHA - Since she emerged from anonymity at age 13 and had an upset win in the junior event at the 2007 U.S. Championships, Mirai Nagasu has rarely been out of the figure skating spotlight. Prodigiously talented, with an impish personality, Nagasu attracted attention for what she said and what she did.  A senior national title at age 14.  A fourth in the 2010 Olympics at 16. She is 19 now.  Her skating the last two seasons has been so erratic she came to this nationals as something of an afterthought, no surprise given her seventh place finish at last year's championships.
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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 21, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Ice Capades star Donna Atwood had spent almost half her life on the road when she left professional figure-skating behind at 31 to raise her three young children in a custom-built Beverly Hills home complete with a piano that folded into the wall. She was so famous that Times headlines from the era used only her first name. "Donna to Retire in 1956 for Home Life," said one atop an article that portrayed her as longing to "trade it all in for 'home, sweet home.' " Yet it was a bittersweet decision for both Atwood and her husband, John H. Harris, operating owner of the touring Ice Capades show.
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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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January 17, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Johnny Weir always has been comfortable in his skin, especially if it is an oilskin corset with a pink shoulder tassel, a pink stripe down an arm and pink laces across the chest like the one he wore for Friday's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. "I felt very diva tonight," Weir said after finishing third, putting himself in excellent position to make a second straight Olympic team with Sunday's free skate. Only once since Weir won his first of three U.S. titles in 2004 has the diva persona not fit, even if there often was a palpable disconnect between the classical skater and the avant-garde showman who never hides his light under a tassel, who never apologized -- or needed to -- for anything he did on or off the ice. At last year's nationals, Weir rationalized his fifth-place finish by pointing out he had been very sick after an ill-advised long trip for an ice show in Korea, a trip he made despite having been ill before going.
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January 25, 2008 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Someone told Mirai Nagasu that she was nearly 13 points ahead of the defending champion, Kimmie Meissner, after Nagasu finished Thursday's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. "Wow," Nagasu said, "that's exciting." That was how 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi felt about Nagasu after watching the Arcadia High freshman give one of the most brilliant senior-level debut per- formances at the national meet. "Wow, wow, wow," Yamaguchi said.
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January 31, 1985 | Associated Press
Brian Boitano led the charge for the vacant men's title, and Jill Watson and Peter Oppegard staked a claim on the pairs crown Wednesday night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Boitano, favored to succeed retired Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton as the new U.S. men's champion, led after Wednesday night's compulsory figures. The 21-year-old from Sunnyvale, Calif., was runnerup to Hamilton the past two years in national competition.
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February 9, 1989 | From Times staff and wire wire service reports
Danny Doran, a perennial contender at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships but rarely a medalist, was the surprise leader today after men's compulsories. Doran, 22, of Denver, finished fourth the last two years in this event after taking third in 1986. He usually does well in figures, although he badly botched them last year and it might have cost him a spot on the Olympic team.
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January 28, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
This is Kimmie Meissner's week to read the morning announcements at Fallston High in suburban Baltimore. It will be the end of the school week before she takes the microphone, what with filming a TV commercial Tuesday in New York and staying there to do the "Today" show on Wednesday. Although she isn't exactly sure what she will be saying because a teacher writes the announcements, Meissner, a senior, already has some idea of what it will sound like.
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January 27, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
Until this week, the highlight of Katy Taylor's season was getting through a program without a fall. That happened only once in the four programs Taylor skated at her two Grand Prix events last fall. Rarely has a good skater performed so poorly and looked so pathetic on the ice as Taylor did in finishing 11th of 11 at Skate America and 12th of 12 at Skate Canada. "That was my evil twin," Taylor said.
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