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January 9, 2002
SCHEDULE A day-by-day look at the senior skating schedule at Staples Center: * Today--Ice dancing, compulsory dance, 5:15 p.m. (two compulsory dances, each worth 10% of the final score); Pairs, short program, 8:30 p.m. (worth one-third of final score). * Thursday--Women's singles, short program, 12:30 p.m. (worth one-third of final score); Men's singles, long program, 4:15 p.m. (worth two-thirds of final score); Ice dancing, original dance, 8:30 p.m. (worth 30% of the final score).
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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 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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February 1, 1985 | Associated Press
Jill Watson and Peter Oppegard won gold medals in pairs competition Thursday night, while Tiffany Chin and Brian Boitano closed in on the individual titles at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Watson and Oppegard train in Toronto and are competing for the first time together at the nationals. Natalie and Wayne Seybold of the Skating Club of Wilmington were second, followed by teammates Gillian Wachsman and Todd Waggoner. Chin, 17, of Toluca Lake, Calif.
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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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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 7, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her audience consists of about a dozen skaters and about as many parents and coaches clustered near a heating unit, but Michelle Kwan doesn't see them. So intent is her concentration, she could be at center ice before a panel of Olympic judges and thousands of spectators instead of on the glassy rink at the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, as she is on this late December day.
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February 12, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
So tiny she could dance in the palm of your hand, dressed in pristine white, Sasha Cohen pointed her toes to the sky, spun so fast the blood seemed to have rushed right out of her head, arched her back until she nearly split in half, then leaped and landed two triple jumps and a double axel. There was not a mistake, not a wobble and, at the end, there was a standing ovation so loud and so exuberant that the next competitor, Sarah Hughes, had to tell herself, "Just ignore all that noise."
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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 12, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Kimmie Meissner looked like a harem girl. Sasha Cohen looked pale and subdued. Just another day at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will careen toward the unknown today with the start of the women's and men's events. Meissner, 16, who caused a sensation by landing a triple axel a year ago, opened the door to her hotel room Wednesday and found her picture on the front page of USA Today.
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January 11, 2004 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
He seized his head in his hands in disbelief, needing something to hold onto while the world around him was spinning wildly. As the crowd at Philips Arena gave Johnny Weir a standing ovation, knowing he had won his first U.S. men's figure skating title even before a perfect 6.0 appeared among his presentation marks, he leaned over to kiss his hand and touch it to the ice. "I was thanking the ice in Atlanta for letting me do my best," the 19-year-old Pennsylvanian said.
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January 9, 2002
SCHEDULE A day-by-day look at the senior skating schedule at Staples Center: * Today--Ice dancing, compulsory dance, 5:15 p.m. (two compulsory dances, each worth 10% of the final score); Pairs, short program, 8:30 p.m. (worth one-third of final score). * Thursday--Women's singles, short program, 12:30 p.m. (worth one-third of final score); Men's singles, long program, 4:15 p.m. (worth two-thirds of final score); Ice dancing, original dance, 8:30 p.m. (worth 30% of the final score).
SPORTS
January 7, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her audience consists of about a dozen skaters and about as many parents and coaches clustered near a heating unit, but Michelle Kwan doesn't see them. So intent is her concentration, she could be at center ice before a panel of Olympic judges and thousands of spectators instead of on the glassy rink at the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, as she is on this late December day.
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February 12, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
So tiny she could dance in the palm of your hand, dressed in pristine white, Sasha Cohen pointed her toes to the sky, spun so fast the blood seemed to have rushed right out of her head, arched her back until she nearly split in half, then leaped and landed two triple jumps and a double axel. There was not a mistake, not a wobble and, at the end, there was a standing ovation so loud and so exuberant that the next competitor, Sarah Hughes, had to tell herself, "Just ignore all that noise."
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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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