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March 25, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sasha Cohen's "Dark Eyes" brightened her chances for a world title yesterday. The U.S. champion and Olympic silver medalist won the short program in the World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta. Although she two-footed her triple lutz in a combination jump, the two-time world silver medalist surged past Canada's Joannie Rochette, Japan's Fumie Suguri and fellow American Kimmie Meissner, who trains at the University of Delaware. Emily Hughes fell on her triple lutz, didn't do the required combination, and slipped to eighth.
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March 16, 2013
South Korea's Kim Yu-na reminded everyone of what they'd been missing Thursday in London, Ontario, winning the short program in her first appearance at the World Figure Skating Championships since 2011. Kim showed no signs of rust or nerves, performing with the same elegance and class that won her the Olympic gold in Vancouver - and pretty much every other title the two years before that. With a score of 69.97, she's three points ahead of defending world champion Carolina Kostner (66.86)
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January 7, 1998 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The music was "Walking on the Wild Side," something Todd Eldredge has never been inclined to do. Eldredge is the holdout, the one top male figure skater who hasn't tried a quadruple jump in competition. He will stand on his technical and elegant skating skills, but he also prefers to stand on his feet instead of chancing a big-butt landing off some showy, missed quad. And last night, as the 1998 U.S. Figure Skating Championships really began, with a Philly-flavored opening ceremony - that Kate Smith tape was trotted out, and the Rocky theme, too - Eldredge won the short program and took dead aim on winning a fifth national championship.
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March 27, 2004 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 23 in a sport increasingly populated by teenagers, Michelle Kwan knows the music will stop someday soon. She only wishes it hadn't happened during her short program yesterday. The world's top skater was penalized .01 points across the board yesterday after a mixup with her music caused her to skate at least two seconds over the event's limit of 2 minutes, 40 seconds. U.S. Figure Skating quickly filed a protest on Kwan's behalf with the event's referee, seeking a review that might be able to determine whether it was the fault of the timing official or the skater.
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January 9, 1988 | By Al Morganti, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defending national champion Jill Trenary stumbled ever so slightly on the ice of McNichols Arena yesterday, and it now appears that Debi Thomas and Caryn Kadavy will settle the issue of the 1988 championship on the same ice surface here tonight. Thomas won yesterday's short program, which accounts for 20 percent of the final mark, by a very slim margin over Kadavy. Thomas was rated first by five of the nine judges - two of which were actually ties, settled by the higher technical marks for Thomas.
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January 25, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Mirai Nagasu's mouth dropped open when she saw her scores. And that was before she realized she'd knocked off former world champion Kimmie Meissner. "Wait, it's 12 points?" Nagasu asked, her eyes widening when she heard how big a lead she had on Meissner. "Wow. That's exciting. " Get used to it, kid. If the 14-year-old keeps skating like this, there's going to be lots more excitement to come. Nagasu pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last night in St. Paul, Minn.
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January 17, 2003 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michelle Kwan is sitting pretty in her ice palace. The United States Figure Skating Championships have belonged to her for the last five years. And after her performance in the women's short program last night, they might be hers this year, too. Kwan, 22, looked elegant, confident and content as she skated her way into the lead with a performance that was crisp and clean. She finished ahead of top contenders Sarah Hughes, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, and Sasha Cohen, the woman many considered the favorite heading into the competition.
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March 22, 1997 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you're waiting for Tara Lipinski to fall, forget about it. You want her to stumble, to wobble, to teeter - it's not going to happen. You'd like her to trip or tumble or, geez, to at least stop smiling for a moment. Nope, not this year. Lipinski, the 14-year-old whose head barely bobs above the boards while she skates, a little girl who performed to the music from the film Little Women when she's only read half of the book, didn't make a misstep yesterday afternoon in her short program.
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March 25, 2003 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin can thank another Russian skater for getting them to find success together. The two finished in first after the pairs short program at the World Figure Skating Championships at the MCI Center last night and sit in a solid position heading into tomorrow's champion-deciding free skate. Until 1996, Totmianina and Marinin were singles. But, when Evengi Plushenko came along, Marinin realized that advancing in men's singles was going to be tough.
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January 12, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Ashley Wagner stumbled in her short program Thursday night, jeopardizing her shot at a third straight national title but almost certainly not a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Wagner, who once trained at the Skating Club of Wilmington, chose not to add any tougher jumps on the fly after her early miscue. She stood in fourth place with a score of 64.71 points heading into Saturday night's free-skate finale at these 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. "I decided to play it safe rather than be sorry," said Wagner, 22, who now trains in California.
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March 16, 2013
South Korea's Kim Yu-na reminded everyone of what they'd been missing Thursday in London, Ontario, winning the short program in her first appearance at the World Figure Skating Championships since 2011. Kim showed no signs of rust or nerves, performing with the same elegance and class that won her the Olympic gold in Vancouver - and pretty much every other title the two years before that. With a score of 69.97, she's three points ahead of defending world champion Carolina Kostner (66.86)
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January 28, 2013 | Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. - Little-known Max Aaron won his first title in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Sunday and helped knock down three-time champion Jeremy Abbott to the last step on the podium. With two quadruple jumps and an arsenal of other tricks, the 20-year-old upstart can't be counted out at the world championships in March. Aaron screamed and shook his fists when he finished his program, then slid across the ice giving a Tiger Woods-like fist pump. When the Scottsdale, Ariz., native saw his marks, his jaw dropped and the audience roared.
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January 25, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE PERSON Manti Te'o says was pretending to be his online girlfriend told the Notre Dame linebacker "I love you" in voicemails that were played during his interview with Katie Couric . Taped earlier this week and broadcast Thursday, the talk show featured three voicemails that Te'o claims were left for him last year. Te'o said they were from the person he believed to be Lennay Kekua, a woman he had fallen for online but never met face-to-face. After the first message was played, Te'o said: "It sounds like a girl, doesn't it?"
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April 28, 2011
Patrick Chan set a world record Wednesday in the men's short program of the World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow. The Canadian scored 93.02 points, giving the two-time silver medalist a wide lead as he seeks his first world title. His nearest challenger, Japan's Nobunari Oda , was almost a dozen points behind him, and defending champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was another 1.6 further back. Chan beat Evgeni Plushenko's old mark of 91.30 set in the European championships last year in Estonia.
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February 26, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - It was a double-fisted emotional punch that left the Pacific Coliseum crowd gasping with some hybrid of awe, joy and sorrow. Korea's Kim Yu-Na won the gold medal in women's figure skating last night, shattering world records with a historic and near-perfect free skate that brought her to tears and the fans to their feet. Then, after silver medalist Mao Asada's daring but flawed performance, came Canada's tragic heartthrob, Joannie Rochette, the Quebec native whose mother passed away here two days before the short 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 17, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
VANCOUVER - Johnny Weir stood still and silent at center ice of the Pacific Coliseum last night, both unnatural states for the U.S. Olympian. But soon his music animated the Coatesville native and he was off on the longest short program of his career, trying to atone at these 2010 Winter Olympics for the disappointment he suffered four years ago in Turin, Italy. Weir, 25, a three-time U.S. champion, probably won't manage that. After a solid performance that left him happy but well behind the top three skaters, he will need a lifetime performance in tomorrow's long program to 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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