Cohen – and Kwan – make Games

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’ve got a lot of silvers in different shoeboxes in storage units all over the place. But I think the gold one will have a special place,” said Cohen, who couldn’t take her eyes off the medal during the awards ceremony said. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. Granada Hills’ Beatrisa Liang, 17, fell to fifth from third after falling several times during her program. Thousand Oaks’ Danielle Kahle finished 12th. Newcomers in men’s figure skating: For the first time since 1976, the United States will send three newcomers to figure skating’s biggest event: Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Matt Savoie. After winning his third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship men’s title in St. Louis, the 21-year-old Weir took notice. “It is odd to think back to the last Olympics and think it was Tim (Goebel) and Michael (Weiss) and Todd (Eldredge), and now none of them are here,” Weir said Saturday. “It’s a little weird and two of them are still skating.” Kwan was picked after petitioning U.S. Figure Skating. And by a vote of 20-3, a selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye. Cohen didn’t need any help from the selection committee. She earned it all on her own with her very first national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in a rout Saturday night at St. Louis. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. Lysacek, the reigning world bronze medalist, won the free skate with 150.44 points and finished second overall at 224.47 to Weir’s 225.34. They were followed by Savoie, whose clutch performance reversed a long downward career spiral. Rahlves wins at Lauberhorn course: Daron Rahlves of the United States won his third World Cup downhill of the season, becoming the first American to win on the famed Lauberhorn course since Kyle Rasmussen in 1995. Rahlves, the winner at Beaver Creek and Bormio earlier this season, covered the Wengen, Switzerland, course in 2 minutes, 30.54 seconds. Kostelic wins first in downhill: Triple Olympic champion Janica Kostelic made her second major breakthrough of the season in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, when she won the first World Cup downhill race of her career. Kostelic clocked 1 minute, 37.96 seconds to finish .17 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Nike Ben. Also: Tobias Angerer of Germany and Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won mass start World Cup races Saturday in Val di Fiemme, Italy, reasserting their status as medal contenders for the upcoming Turin Games. … Jason Smith of the United States beat Switzerland’s Marco Hauser and American teammate Jayson Hale to win a World Cup snowboard cross race in Plan de Corones, Italy. … Hannu Manninen of Finland edged Anssi Koivuranta in Predazzo, Italy, to clinch his sixth victory of the season in a Nordic combined World Cup event. … Roar Ljoekelsoey of Norway successfully defended his title at the Ski Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, scoring 788 points to edge Austrians Andreas Widhoelzl and Thomas Morgenstern. … Aerialist Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus overcame gusting winds to win a one-round World Cup contest at Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Without ever putting her blades on the ice, Michelle Kwan made the U.S. figure skating team heading to the Turin Olympics – with national champion Sasha Cohen right by her side. Kwan missed the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a groin injury. But the selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye Saturday night, placing her on the team with Kimmie Meissner and ahead of third-place finisher Emily Hughes. last_img read more