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March 26, 2003 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Evgeni Plushenko can skate and he can walk. Good enough. Last night, on a painful left knee, Plushenko took first in the men's free skate portion of the World Figure Skating Championships. He leads America's Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, who finished in second last night, and Japan's Takeshi Honda, who sits in third. Hometown favorite Michael Weiss, who is from the D.C. area, fell on a triple lutz - the last jump of his program - and currently is in fourth. The champion will be determined after tomorrow night's free skate.
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March 28, 2003 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This time he chose to feel the pain. Evgeni Plushenko's injured left knee was inflamed last night, to the point of redness. And it hurt. But after a consultation with his doctor, he opted against pain-killing injections. Nothing, however, felt too bad to Plushenko after he won his second men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships at the MCI Center. The Russian, who had won the title in 2001, edged American skater Timothy Goebel, who won his second straight silver medal.
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February 16, 2010 | By SAM DONNELLON, donnels@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - It's a selective process, this Olympic hero thing. We tout Tanith Belbin as an American hope, even though we know full well she came here from Canada for herself. Then we tear into speedskater Shani Davis for his selfish decisions to train alone, not race as part of our relay, denying us what would likely be a medal, maybe even a gold one. "I am a solo entity," Davis asserted last week. "I don't skate for US Speedskating and I have no obligation to them. " Horrible words?
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February 19, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - He could hardly skate better. He could not skate harder. Evan Lysacek knew it. As he finished his graceful routine, his Ichabod limbs unfolding from his combination spin, having skated the routine of his life, having skated within himself, he began to pump his right fist into the air. As the music died and the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum rose, he threw both fists at the sky once, twice . . . five times. He didn't try a quadruple jump in his free-skate program.
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August 24, 2010
Former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett asked a judge on Monday for permission to travel to a tryout with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. A review of the motion will take place Wednesday. Clarett, who rushed for 1,237 yards in 2002 to lead the Buckeyes to the national championship, pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon and served 31/2 years in prison. He cannot leave the state of Ohio until he receives clearance from the court.
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March 2, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev demanded yesterday that his nation's sports officials step down over the country's dismal performance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Russia, a traditional winter-sports powerhouse, won only 15 medals - with only three golds - in one of its worst performances. Officials said before the games that 30 medals and a top-three finish in the medal standings was the target. Russia placed 11th for golds and sixth in the overall medal count. In televised comments, Medvedev said if those responsible for preparing the athletes don't resign, then the decision will be made for them.
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February 19, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Evgeni Plushenko talked the talk. Evan Lysacek skated the walk. The long-limbed Lysacek snaked through a nearly perfect routine to win the Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating last night - even without the quadruple jump that Plushenko loudly insisted was a must. Skating to "Sheherazade" by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Lysacek nailed his intricate and fluid routine, then pumped his fists five times as the crowd at Pacific Coliseum roared its approval. Lysacek, in second place by fractions of a point coming into the free skate, earned a strong 167.37 score from the judges.
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March 26, 2004 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His long program ended last night with a mid-ice gasp that was equal parts astonishment and pride. Johnny Weir had skated as well as he could. But he knew that on this night, when the other contenders were spectacular, too, it wouldn't be enough. Weir, the Chester County native who at 19 is America's champion and next best hope, finished his first world championships in fifth place, one place better than where he began the final night of the men's competition. And, with a teenager's confidence, he said that he'd be back with a more serious challenge.
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January 17, 2005 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A pair of bright blue sneakers had replaced his skates as Johnny Weir, his costume's spangles shimmering like stars in the dim Rose Garden corridor, walked alone Saturday night. Far behind, a friend called out for him to wait. The Chester County skater, still lost in the reverie of the second straight U.S. championship he'd won just hours before, never stopped. Weir, in his mind at least, already was moving toward his next challenge, March's World Championships in Moscow. There, with a new scoring system that supposedly will reward his versatility, the 20-year-old American will take aim at Evgeni Plushenko, the defending world champion who looms like a great wall in his psyche.
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January 28, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Jeremy Bloom, the former University of Colorado receiver who was forced to give up football to concentrate on skiing and the 2006 Turin Olympics, led a U.S. sweep in men's moguls yesterday with his first freestyle World Cup victory of the season. Bloom lost an NCAA appeal to allow him to continue to play college football while receiving endorsements for his skiing. Bloom hasn't forgotten football - his skiing helmet is painted gold with the CU buffalo emblem on the sides and his former No. 15. Bloom overtook qualifying leader Toby Dawson with a faster and more difficult final run, completing a 720-degree turn off both jumps on the Champion course at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, and finished with a score of 27.05.
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February 11, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - Asian women rule. North America's ice dancers dominate. No Russian man has stepped forward to fill Evgeni Plushenko's skates. That was last week's figure-skating narrative. But after Sunday night's raucous conclusion to the first Olympic team figure-skating competition, a new story line has emerged. The Russian bear sleeps no more. With Plushenko, 31 now and beat up, taking first place in the men's free skate and phenomenal 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia doing the same on the women's side, Russia coasted to a gold medal that loudly signaled its return to the sport's spotlight.
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August 24, 2010
Former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett asked a judge on Monday for permission to travel to a tryout with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. A review of the motion will take place Wednesday. Clarett, who rushed for 1,237 yards in 2002 to lead the Buckeyes to the national championship, pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon and served 31/2 years in prison. He cannot leave the state of Ohio until he receives clearance from the court.
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March 2, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev demanded yesterday that his nation's sports officials step down over the country's dismal performance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Russia, a traditional winter-sports powerhouse, won only 15 medals - with only three golds - in one of its worst performances. Officials said before the games that 30 medals and a top-three finish in the medal standings was the target. Russia placed 11th for golds and sixth in the overall medal count. In televised comments, Medvedev said if those responsible for preparing the athletes don't resign, then the decision will be made for them.
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February 20, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER COLUMNIST
Evgeni Plushenko talked the talk. Evan Lysacek skated the walk. The long-limbed Lysacek snaked through a nearly perfect routine to win the gold medal in men's figure skating Thursday night - even without the quadruple jump that Plushenko loudly insisted was a must. The competition decided the Olympic champion, but did not settle the debate over figure skating's direction. "Without quad," Plushenko said after settling for silver, "it is not figure skating. It is dancing.
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February 19, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Evgeni Plushenko talked the talk. Evan Lysacek skated the walk. The long-limbed Lysacek snaked through a nearly perfect routine to win the Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating last night - even without the quadruple jump that Plushenko loudly insisted was a must. Skating to "Sheherazade" by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Lysacek nailed his intricate and fluid routine, then pumped his fists five times as the crowd at Pacific Coliseum roared its approval. Lysacek, in second place by fractions of a point coming into the free skate, earned a strong 167.37 score from the judges.
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February 19, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - He could hardly skate better. He could not skate harder. Evan Lysacek knew it. As he finished his graceful routine, his Ichabod limbs unfolding from his combination spin, having skated the routine of his life, having skated within himself, he began to pump his right fist into the air. As the music died and the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum rose, he threw both fists at the sky once, twice . . . five times. He didn't try a quadruple jump in his free-skate program.
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February 17, 2010 | By SAM DONNELLON, donnels@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - "It's going to be a catfight in the long program," Johnny Weir said after completing his short program last night, and incredibly, he's still one of the scratchers. A program long on fun and tainted by only a few small glitches put him within clawing distance of defending gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko heading into tomorrow night's men's final at Pacific Coliseum. Dressed in black with pink trim - "showing man cleavage," he quipped - Weir was near-perfect on a series of triple jumps, but won his marks through his characteristic stylish routine.
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February 16, 2010 | By SAM DONNELLON, donnels@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - It's a selective process, this Olympic hero thing. We tout Tanith Belbin as an American hope, even though we know full well she came here from Canada for herself. Then we tear into speedskater Shani Davis for his selfish decisions to train alone, not race as part of our relay, denying us what would likely be a medal, maybe even a gold one. "I am a solo entity," Davis asserted last week. "I don't skate for US Speedskating and I have no obligation to them. " Horrible words?
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February 17, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Johnny Weir's Olympic free skate yesterday resembled the 24 hours that preceded it. It was ill-timed, hurried, frequently chaotic and ultimately disappointing. Weir's pre-skate adventures included jangled nerves, sleeping pills, a late bus, a commandeered car, an altered routine, and 879 unanswered e-mails. It all added up to one of the three-time U.S. champion's ugliest performances, a collection of miscues and missed jumps that dropped him from second place to fifth. The Chester County native failed to win a medal, and American men have gone without one in three of the last four Winter Games.
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February 14, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
World-class shopper Johnny Weir purchased shoes, shirts and underwear on a recent Via Roma spree, but passed on a mink umbrella. "I figured," the Chester County native said, "that it would be ruined after one rainstorm. " When the men's figure-skating competition begins with the short program tonight, the world will learn whether Weir, whose skating style is as delicately elegant as the umbrella, can himself withstand an Olympic ice storm. The American champion will have to endure the confidence-wilting heat of international attention, the chill of his rivals, and, if he secretly dreams of a gold medal, the tsunami of talent that is Russia's Evgeny Plushenko.
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