January 16, 2010 |
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."
January 18, 2010 |
The two men who have been in an Olympics, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir, shared both mixed feelings about their flawed performances Sunday and the hope the best will come a month from now in Vancouver. The man going to his first Winter Games, Jeremy Abbott, may find it hard to top what he did. And he may not need to, for Abbott's free skate was such a tour de force it not only turned an expected close competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships into a rout but was easily good enough to win an Olympic medal -- even gold.
January 23, 2010 |
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.
January 17, 2010 |
They were going to be the next great U.S. pairs team, the one that made NBC commentator Sandra Bezic rave after their victory at the U.S. Championships two years ago. "I've got shivers, not just for that performance but also for their future," Bezic said of Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker. McLaughlin and Brubaker both vowed Saturday they still have a skating future together, but it won't include what had been an expected appearance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
January 21, 2010 |
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.
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).