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Olympic medal record
Women's figure skating
Competitor for the  United States
Silver 2006 Turin Ladies' singles
Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen 2009 SOI Halifax Spiral.jpg

Cohen performs an arabesque spiral at the 2009 Stars on Ice.
Personal information
Full name: Alexandra Pauline Cohen
Country represented:  United States
Date of birth: October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26) (age 25)
Place of birth: Westwood, Los Angeles, California
Height: 157 cm (5.15 ft)
Coach: John Nicks
Former coach: Rafael Arutunian, Robin Wagner, Tatiana Tarasova
Choreographer: Lori Nichol, Nikolai Morozov
Former choreographer: David Wilson, Tatiana Tarasova, Marina Zoueva, Igor Shpilband, Robin Wagner, Ekaterina Gordeeva
Skating club: Orange County FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total: 197.60
2003 Skate Canada
Short program: 71.12
2003 Skate Canada
Free skate: 130.89
2003 Skate America

Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen (born October 26, 1984) is a U.S. figure skater. She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and 2006 U.S. Champion.

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Personal life

Cohen was born in Westwood, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Her nickname "Sasha" is a Russian nickname for "Alexandra". Her mother, Galina (née Feldman), is a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine and a former ballet dancer; her father, Roger Cohen, is a business consultant who is an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney LLP.[1][2] Sasha graduated from Futures High School in Mission Viejo, California in 2002. Her sister, Natalia ("Natasha"), began college at Barnard College in August 2006.

In 2005, she published her autobiography, Fire on Ice. The autobiography was republished in 2006 adding a new chapter on the 2006 season.

Cohen understands Russian.[3]

Skating career

Early career

A gymnast from an early age, Cohen switched to figure skating when she was seven years old, but it wasn't until she was eleven that she began to take the sport seriously.

Cohen rose to prominence in the skating community during the 2000 United States Figure Skating Championships. Just up from juniors, Cohen dropped from first place after the short program to second after the free skating and qualified for the world team. Too young for the World Figure Skating Championships, a loophole at the time would have allowed her to compete in senior worlds if she medaled at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Cohen did not medal at world juniors and so did not go to senior worlds.

Senior development and success

Cohen did not compete at the 2001 Nationals due to a stress fracture in her back,[citation needed] but took back her silver medal at the 2002 U.S. championships, earning her a trip to the Olympics. Cohen competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, finishing 4th. She also finished 4th at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships, held in Nagano.

Cohen switched coaches from John Nicks to Tatiana Tarasova in the 2002–03 season. She began winning her first ISU Grand Prix event in the 2002 Skate America and repeating as gold medalist in the 2002 Trophée Lalique. She finished second in the 2002 Cup of Russia. These three placements earned her a spot to the 2002–2003 Grand Prix Final, where she became the champion. At the 2003 U.S. championships she won the bronze medal, and at the 2003 World Championships, held in Washington, Cohen placed 4th, repeating her placement in the previous season.

Her best season was 2003–04, when she took gold at the 2003 Skate America, at the 2003 Skate Canada and at the 2003 Trophée Lalique and won silver at the 2003–2004 Grand Prix Final. She changed her coach in the middle of the season, moving from Tatiana Tarasova to Robin Wagner, and placed second at both the 2004 U.S. championships and the 2004 World Championships, getting a medal at Worlds for the first time in her career.

Cohen decided to go back to her first coach John Nicks in the 2004–05 season. She withdrew from the 2005 ISU Grand Prix events due to a recurring back injury. She placed 2nd at the 2005 U.S. championships in Portland and the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, Russia.

2006 Olympic Season

Cohen started her Olympic season by placing 1st at the Campbell's International Figure Skating Challenge. Soon after she withdrew from Skate America due to a hip injury. She took 2nd place at Trophée Eric Bompard, where she fell on a triple salchow during her free skate. In 2006, Cohen overcame the flu to capture her first U.S. championship. With this victory Cohen automatically secured her place on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2006 Winter Olympics, a spot made official on January 14 of that year by the United States Figure Skating Association.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Cohen was in 1st after the short program, leading Russia's Irina Slutskaya by a mere .03 points. In the final free skate, Cohen fell on her first jump, a triple lutz, and had her hands down on her second jump, the triple flip. She completed the rest of her elements, including five triples. Cohen finished with an Olympic silver medal, her first Olympic medal. The Olympic gold medalist, Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, won by 7.98 points over Cohen.

A month later at the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Canada, Cohen was in 1st place after the short program. Completing only one jump combination and falling on the triple triple salchow, she placed fourth in the free skate and won the bronze medal, finishing almost ten points behind her teammate, gold medalist Kimmie Meissner. Cohen displayed strong artistry in her free skate and picked up level fours on all her spins and her spiral sequence. Her program component score of 61.35 was the highest of the night.

Post 2006 Olympics

Cohen performs an I-spin at the 2009 Stars on Ice.

During April 2006, Cohen started the Champions on Ice tour, participated in the second annual "Skating with the Stars, Under the Stars" gala in Central Park and performed in the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating International Showcase. On April 15, 2006, Cohen announced that she intended to compete into the 2010 season and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She said via her official website, "I will decide after the COI Tour how much skating and what events I will do next season."

In December 2006, Cohen announced that she needed "a little downtime from competing" and that she would not defend her US Figure Skating Championship title in 2007. She again stressed that her "major goals" were the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships and the 2010 Olympics; "I know I want to be in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics."[4]

Cohen did not compete in the 2007, 2008, or 2009 seasons, although she did not give up her Olympic eligibility. She performed in exhibitions, including the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting and USFSA-approved events. She was a headliner in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 Stars on Ice tour.

Return to Competition

Cohen announced on May 6, 2009 that she planned to make a comeback for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[5] She received invitations to compete in the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and in the 2009 Skate America in the 2009–2010 Grand Prix Series. Cohen was forced to withdraw from both of her planned Grand Prix events due to an injury to her calf.

On January 21, 2010 she finally took to the competitive ice for the first time in four years at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington. She debuted her program to España Cañí, and skated a strong performance landing a triple lutz-double toe, a triple flip, a double axel, along with her signature spiral sequence and spins earning 69.63 points putting her in second place, just 0.43 from first place finisher Mirai Nagasu. However, her free skate, set to Moonlight Sonata, was filled with errors; she fell on a triple flip and had two-footed landings on a number of other jumps. Cohen finished fourth in the championships, behind Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner, and was not selected for the Olympic team, however was appointed as second alternate to the 2010 U.S. Olympic team and the 2010 World Championship team.

Coaching changes

Cohen was coached by John Nicks until the summer of 2002, when she relocated to Simsbury, Connecticut to train with Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova, who choreographed Cohen's Swan Lake program and upgraded her footwork. Under Tarasova's coaching, Cohen landed her first triple-triple combination in competition, a triple lutz-triple toe. Also, Cohen completed her first clean free skate in the qualifying round at the 2003 World Championships.

She changed coaches again in January 2004 to Robin Wagner (who coached Sarah Hughes to Olympic gold) in Hackensack, New Jersey. In December 2004, Cohen returned to California to work with her original coach, John Nicks, who trained her to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Nicks, who is very knowledgeable on the Code of Points system, helped Cohen increase the difficulty of her spins and spirals, as well as her jumps, to maximize her performances under the new system.

With her announcement of a comeback on May 6, 2009, she also announced that she would train with Rafael Arutunian, instead of her former coach John Nicks.[6]

On November 2009, she returned to train with John Nicks.[7]

Skating trademarks

Cohen performs an I-spin at the 2003 Skate Canada.

Cohen is known for being a talented skater, though her critics say she has never skated two clean programs in a row.[8][9]

Cohen is the first skater to have received +3s for spirals in the new judging system for 'Grade of Execution'.[10] She is also known for difficult and creative positions in her spins, such as the "I" spin position which she popularized, and is also sometimes informally referred to as the "Sasha spin."[11]

Acting career

Television

Cohen has done commercials for Citizen Watch, Simply Saline, and Got Milk?. She appeared in Episode 7 of the second season of Project Runway wherein designers were challenged to design a skating dress for her. The winning dress (by Zulema Griffin) did not fit and the dress had to be resized. Cohen has made a brief appearance guest starring, as herself, on the May 5, 2006, episode of the NBC drama, Las Vegas.[12] Cohen has also appeared in the television crime drama CSI: NY. In April 2008, she appeared as a contortionist on the premiere episode of Secret Talents of the Stars and advanced to the semifinals, although the show was cancelled before she could perform again. She made a guest appearance as an ice skater in CSI: NY season 3 episode 12 "Silent Night".

Film

Cohen played Fiona Hughes in the Don Johnson movie Moondance Alexander.[13] At the 2006 Academy Awards, Cohen served as a guest correspondent for Inside Edition. This experience led to an encounter with Ben Stiller and a discussion about having a part in a future comedy about figure skating, which Cohen said she would enjoy. In 2007, she appeared as herself in Blades of Glory. Later that year, she also had a role in Bratz: The Movie.

Programs

Cohen performs a Biellmann spiral on the 2008 Stars on Ice tour stop in Halifax.
Season Short Program Long Program Exhibition
2009–10 España Cañí
by Pascual Marquina Narro
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov
Moonlight Sonata
by Ludwig Van Beethoven
choreographed by Lori Nichol
2008–09
Did not compete
this season
Did not compete
this season
Moonlight Sonata
by Ludwig Van Beethoven
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov

Don't Stop The Music
by Rihanna
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

I Could Not Ask For More
by Sara Evans
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Hard To Say I'm Sorry
by Chicago
performed by Peter Cetera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Blue Christmas
by Elvis Presley
performed by Peter Cetera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2007–08 Did not compete
this season
Did not compete
this season
What's Left Of Me
by Nick Lachey
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Hurt
by Christina Aguilera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2006–07 Did not compete
this season
Did not compete
this season
Hurt
by Christina Aguilera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye
by Boyz II Men
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2005–06 Dark Eyes
Russian folk song
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov
Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
choreographed by David Wilson
God Bless America
by Celine Dion
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Don't Rain on My Parade
by Barbra Streisand
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
2004–05 Dark Eyes
Russian folk song
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov

Pas de deux
from The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
choreographed by Marina Zoueva
and Igor Shpilband

Don't Rain on My Parade
by Barbra Streisand
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
2003–04 Malagueña
by Ernesto Lecuona
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
Swan Lake
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
My Fair Lady
Soundtrack from the 1964 movie
by Frederic Loewe
choreographed by Robin Wagner

Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
2002–03 Malagueña
by Ernesto Lecuona
choreographed by
Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov
Piano Concerto No. 2
by Sergey Rachmaninoff
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
and Nikolai Morozov
Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova

One Day I'll Fly Away
from Moulin Rouge!
by Nicole Kidman
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2001–02 My Sweet and Tender Beast
by Evgeni Doga
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Carmen
by Georges Bizet
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Hernando's Hideaway
by Ella Fitzgerald
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen

Aria
by Heitor Villa-Lobos
choreographed by John Nicks,
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sasha Cohen
2000–01 My Sweet and Tender Beast
by Evgeni Doga
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Dark Eyes
Russian folk song
orchestrated by
the London Festival Orchestra
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
choreographed by John Nicks,
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sasha Cohen

To Love You More
by Celine Dion
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
1999–2000 Baroque Selections
by Antonio Vivaldi
and Tomaso Albinoni
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Violin Concerto
by Felix Mendelssohn
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Madame Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen

Competitive highlights

Post-2001

Event 2001–2002 2002–2003 2003–2004 2004–2005 2005–2006 2009–2010
Winter Olympic Games 4th 2nd
World Championships 4th 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd
U.S. Championships 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 4th
Grand Prix Final 1st 2nd
Skate America 5th 1st WD
Trophee Eric Bompard 3rd 1st 1st 2nd WD
Skate Canada 1st 1st
Cup of Russia 2nd
Finlandia Trophy 1st
  • Cohen did not compete 2006–2007, 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 season.

Pre-2001

Event 1997–1998 1998–1999 1999–2000 2000–2001
World Junior Championships 6th
U.S. Championships 6th N. 2nd J. 2nd WD
Cup of Russia 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Sweden 1st
Nations Cup 5th
Gardena Spring Trophy 1st J.
Pacific Coast Sectionals 2nd N. 1st J. 1st
Southwest Pacific Regionals 2nd N. 1st J.
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Detailed results

Post-2001

From left to right, Kimmie Meissner (silver), Sasha Cohen (gold), Emily Hughes (bronze), and Katy Taylor (pewter) at the 2006 U.S Nationals.
2009–2010 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
January 14 – 24, 2010 2010 United States Figure Skating Championships 2
69.63
4
104.65
4
174.28
2005–2006 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 21 – 23, 2006 2006 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 3
27.59
1
66.62
4
114.67
3
181.29
February 21 – 23, 2006 2006 Winter Olympics 1
66.73
2
116.63
2
183.36
January 7 – 15, 2006 2006 United States Figure Skating Championships 1
65.15
1
134.03
1
199.18
November 17 – 20, 2005 2005 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 2
60.96
2
114.16
2
175.12
2004–2005 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 21 – 23, 2005 2005 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1
28.41
2
61.37
2
124.61
2
185.98
January 9 – 16, 2005 2005 United States Figure Skating Championships 2 2 2
3.0
2003–2004 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 21 – 23, 2004 2004 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1
1
3
2
4.0
January 9 – 16, 2004 2004 United States Figure Skating Championships 2 2 2
3.0
December 11 – 14, 2003 2003–2004 ISU Grand Prix Final 2
60.80
2
116.68
2
177.48
November 13 – 16, 2003 2003 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique 2
69.38
2
127.81
1
197.19
October 28 – 31, 2003 2003 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 1
71.12
1
126.48
1
197.60
October 23 – 26, 2003 2003 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 1
66.46
1
130.89
1
197.35
2002–2003 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 24 – 30, 2003 2003 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 3
5
3
4
7.2
February 28 – March 2 , 2003 2002–2003 ISU Grand Prix Final 1
(SP)
2
(FS1)
1
(FS2)
1
2.6
January 12 – 19, 2003 2003 United States Figure Skating Championships 3 2 2
November 22 – 24, 2002 2002 ISU Grand Prix Cup of Russia 2
2
2
3.0
November 14 – 17, 2002 2002 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique 2
1
1
2.0
October 31 – November 3, 2002 2002 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 1
1
1
1.5
2001–2002 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 16 – 24, 2002 2002 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2
5
4
4
February 21 – 23, 2002 2002 Winter Olympics 3
4
4
5.5
January 6 – 13, 2002 2002 United States Figure Skating Championships 2 2 2
3.0
November 15 – 18, 2001 2001 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique 3
3
3
4.0
October 24 – 28, 2001 2001 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 4
5
4
7.0

2001 and earlier

  • 2001: Goodwill Games – 4th, Finlandia Trophy – 1st
  • 2000: U.S. Championships – 2nd, World Junior Championships – 6th, Cup of Russia – 4th
  • 1999: U.S. Championships, Junior – 2nd

Further reading

  • Cohen, Sasha. (2006). Fire on Ice (Revised Edition): Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater. Collins. ISBN 0-06-115385-0

References

  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 16, 2006). "The Tribe goes to Torino: Sketches of Jewish Olympic-Bound Athletes". Jewish World Review. http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0206/bloom_olympics06.php3. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  2. ^ AIPS Web Site
  3. ^ "Athletes – Sasha Cohen". NBCOlympics.com. http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/5061879/detail.html?qs=;t=11;tab=Bio:. Retrieved February 17 2007. 
  4. ^ "Cohen pulls out of 2007 national championships". ABC News. December 22, 2006. http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=2746515. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Sasha Cohen planning a comeback for Vancouver Olympics". USA Today. May 7, 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2009-05-06-skating-cohen-comeback_N.htm. 
  6. ^ Hersh, Philip (May 6, 2009). "Cohen poised for comeback; '06 silver medalist eyes 2010 Vancouver Games". Chicago Tribune: p. 76. 
  7. ^ Macur, Juliet (January 7, 2010). "Cohen Remains the Wild Card in Women’s Skating". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/sports/olympics/07skate.html?pagewanted=print. 
  8. ^ Dixon, Arica (2006-03-29). "Is Sasha Cohen Cursed?". Rampway Online (student-run online magazine at Georgia State University). 
  9. ^ Henderson, John (March 29, 2006). "Proof of greatness: Perennial second-place finisher Sasha Cohen tries to silence her critics with a national title". DenverPost. 
  10. ^ 2003 Skate America SP
  11. ^ Cohen Has Breakout Season
  12. ^ "Sasha Does Hollywood!". SashaCohen.com. http://www.sashacohen.com/hollywood.shtml. Retrieved April 17 2006. 
  13. ^ Moondance Alexander at the Internet Movie Database

External links


Sasha Cohen
Personal information
Full name: Alexandra Pauline Cohen
Country represented:  United States
Date of birth: October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26) (age 26)
Place of birth: Westwood, Los Angeles, California
Home town: Newport Beach, California
Height: 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Coach: John Nicks
Former coach: Rafael Arutunian, John Nicks, Tatiana Tarasova, Robin Wagner
Choreographer: Lori Nichol, Nikolai Morozov
Former choreographer: David Wilson, Tatiana Tarasova, Marina Zoueva, Igor Shpilband, Robin Wagner, Ekaterina Gordeeva
Skating club: Orange County FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total: 197.60
2003 Skate Canada
Short program: 71.12
2003 Skate Canada
Free skate: 130.89
2003 Skate America
Olympic medal record
Ladies' figure skating
Competitor for the  United States
Silver 2006 Turin Ladies' singles

Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen (born October 26, 1984) is a U.S. figure skater. She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion.

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Personal life

Cohen was born in Westwood, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Her nickname "Sasha" is a Russian nickname for "Alexandra". Her mother, Galina (née Feldman), is a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine and a former ballet dancer; her father, Roger Cohen, is a business consultant who is an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney LLP.[1][2] Sasha graduated from Futures High School in Mission Viejo, California in 2002. Her sister, Natalia ("Natasha"), began college at Barnard College in August 2006.

In 2005, she published her autobiography, Fire on Ice. The autobiography was republished in 2006 adding a new chapter on the 2006 season.

Cohen understands Russian.[3]

Skating career

Early career

A gymnast from an early age, Cohen switched to figure skating when she was seven years old, but it wasn't until she was eleven that she began to take the sport seriously.

Cohen rose to prominence in the skating community during the 2000 United States Figure Skating Championships. Just up from juniors, Cohen dropped from first place after the short program to second after the free skating and qualified for the world team. Too young for the World Figure Skating Championships, a loophole at the time would have allowed her to compete in senior worlds if she medaled at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Cohen did not medal at world juniors and so did not go to senior worlds.

Senior development and success

Cohen did not compete at the 2001 Nationals due to a stress fracture in her back,[citation needed] but took back her silver medal at the 2002 U.S. championships, earning her a trip to the Olympics. Cohen competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, finishing 4th. She also finished 4th at the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships, held in Nagano.

Cohen switched coaches from John Nicks to Tatiana Tarasova in the 2002–03 season. She began winning her first ISU Grand Prix event in the 2002 Skate America and repeating as gold medalist in the 2002 Trophée Lalique. She finished second in the 2002 Cup of Russia. These three placements earned her a spot to the 2002–2003 Grand Prix Final, where she became the champion. At the 2003 U.S. championships she won the bronze medal, and at the 2003 World Championships, held in Washington, D.C., Cohen placed 4th, repeating her placement in the previous season.

Her best season was 2003–04, when she took gold at the 2003 Skate America, at the 2003 Skate Canada and at the 2003 Trophée Lalique and won silver at the 2003–2004 Grand Prix Final. She changed her coach in the middle of the season, moving from Tatiana Tarasova to Robin Wagner, and placed second at both the 2004 U.S. championships and the 2004 World Championships, getting a medal at Worlds for the first time in her career.

Cohen decided to go back to her first coach John Nicks in the 2004–05 season. She withdrew from the 2005 ISU Grand Prix events due to a recurring back injury. She placed 2nd at the 2005 U.S. championships in Portland and the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, Russia.

2006 Olympic Season

Cohen started her Olympic season by placing 1st at the Campbell's International Figure Skating Challenge. Soon after she withdrew from Skate America due to a hip injury. She took 2nd place at Trophée Eric Bompard, where she fell on a triple salchow during her free skate. In 2006, Cohen overcame the flu to capture her first U.S. championship. With this victory Cohen automatically secured her place on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2006 Winter Olympics, a spot made official on January 14 of that year by the United States Figure Skating Association.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Cohen was in 1st after the short program, leading Russia's Irina Slutskaya by a mere .03 points. In the final free skate, Cohen fell on her first jump, a triple lutz, and had her hands down on her second jump, the triple flip. She completed the rest of her elements, including five triples. Cohen finished with an Olympic silver medal, her first Olympic medal. The Olympic gold medalist, Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, won by 7.98 points over Cohen.

A month later at the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Canada, Cohen was in 1st place after the short program. Completing only one jump combination and falling on the triple triple salchow, she placed fourth in the free skate and won the bronze medal, finishing almost ten points behind her teammate, gold medalist Kimmie Meissner. Cohen displayed strong artistry in her free skate and picked up level fours on all her spins and her spiral sequence. Her program component score of 61.35 was the highest of the night.

Post 2006 Olympics

File:Sasha Cohen Spin 2009
Cohen performs an I-spin at the 2009 Stars on Ice.

During April 2006, Cohen started the Champions on Ice tour, participated in the second annual "Skating with the Stars, Under the Stars" gala in Central Park and performed in the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating International Showcase. On April 15, 2006, Cohen announced that she intended to compete into the 2010 season and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She said via her official website, "I will decide after the COI Tour how much skating and what events I will do next season."

In December 2006, Cohen announced that she needed "a little downtime from competing" and that she would not defend her US Figure Skating Championship title in 2007. She again stressed that her "major goals" were the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships and the 2010 Olympics; "I know I want to be in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics."[4]

Cohen did not compete in the 2007, 2008, or 2009 seasons, although she did not give up her Olympic eligibility. She performed in exhibitions, including the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting and USFSA-approved events. She was a headliner in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 Stars on Ice tour.

Return to Competition

Cohen announced on May 6, 2009 that she planned to make a comeback for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[5] She received invitations to compete in the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and in the 2009 Skate America in the 2009–2010 Grand Prix Series. Cohen was forced to withdraw from both of her planned Grand Prix events due to an injury to her calf.

On January 21, 2010 she finally took to the competitive ice for the first time in four years at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington. She debuted her program to España Cañí, and skated a strong performance landing a triple lutz-double toe, a triple flip, a double axel, along with her signature spiral sequence and spins earning 69.63 points putting her in second place, just 0.43 from first place finisher Mirai Nagasu. However, her free skate, set to Moonlight Sonata, was filled with errors; she fell on a triple flip and had two-footed landings on a number of other jumps. Cohen finished fourth in the championships, behind Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner, and was not selected for the Olympic team, however was appointed as second alternate to the 2010 U.S. Olympic team and the 2010 World Championship team.

Coaching changes

Cohen was coached by John Nicks until the summer of 2002, when she relocated to Simsbury, Connecticut to train with Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova, who choreographed Cohen's Swan Lake program and upgraded her footwork. Under Tarasova's coaching, Cohen landed her first triple-triple combination in competition, a triple lutz-triple toe. Also, Cohen completed her first clean free skate in the qualifying round at the 2003 World Championships.

She changed coaches again in January 2004 to Robin Wagner (who coached Sarah Hughes to Olympic gold) in Hackensack, New Jersey. In December 2004, Cohen returned to California to work with her original coach, John Nicks, who trained her to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Nicks, who is very knowledgeable on the Code of Points system, helped Cohen increase the difficulty of her spins and spirals, as well as her jumps, to maximize her performances under the new system.

With her announcement of a comeback on May 6, 2009, she also announced that she would train with Rafael Arutunian, instead of her former coach John Nicks.[6]

On November 2009, she returned to train with John Nicks.[7]

Skating trademarks

at the 2003 Skate Canada.]]

Cohen is known for being a talented skater, though her critics say she has never skated two clean programs in a row.[8][9]

Cohen is the first skater to have received +3s for spirals in the new judging system for 'Grade of Execution'.[10] She is also known for difficult and creative positions in her spins, such as the "I" spin position which she popularized, and is also sometimes informally referred to as the "Sasha spin."[11]

Public life and endorsements

Cohen has participated in the ice show Stars On Ice for several years, as well as starring in the 2010 Art On Ice alongside Stéphane Lambiel.

She joined 2010 Olympic ladies champion Kim Yu-Na in the "All That Skate Summer" ice show, scheduled for July 23–25, 2010 in Goyang, South Korea, alongside other skaters including Michelle Kwan, Brian Joubert and Stéphane Lambiel.[12]

Acting career

Television

Cohen has done commercials for Citizen Watch, Simply Saline, and Got Milk?. She appeared in Episode 7 of the second season of Project Runway wherein designers were challenged to design a skating dress for her. The winning dress (by Zulema Griffin) did not fit and the dress had to be resized. Cohen has made a brief appearance guest starring, as herself, on the May 5, 2006, episode of the NBC drama, Las Vegas.[13] Cohen has also appeared in the television crime drama CSI: NY. In April 2008, she appeared as a contortionist on the premiere episode of Secret Talents of the Stars and advanced to the semifinals, although the show was cancelled before she could perform again. She made a guest appearance as an ice skater in CSI: NY season 3 episode 12 "Silent Night".

Film

Cohen played Fiona Hughes in the Don Johnson movie Moondance Alexander.[14] At the 2006 Academy Awards, Cohen served as a guest correspondent for Inside Edition. This experience led to an encounter with Ben Stiller and a discussion about having a part in a future comedy about figure skating, which Cohen said she would enjoy. In 2007, she appeared as herself in Blades of Glory. Later that year, she also had a role in Bratz: The Movie.

Programs

on the 2008 Stars on Ice tour stop in Halifax.]]
Season Short Program Long Program Exhibition
2009–10 España Cañí
by Pascual Marquina Narro
choreographed by Lori Nichol
Moonlight Sonata
by Ludwig Van Beethoven
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov
Sick and Tired
by Anastacia
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Hallelujah
by Leonard Cohen
performed by Jeff Buckley
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Mein Herr
Soundtrack from Cabaret
by Liza Minnelli
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2008–09
Did not compete
this season
Did not compete
this season
Moonlight Sonata
by Ludwig Van Beethoven
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov
Don't Stop The Music
by Rihanna
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

I Could Not Ask For More
by Sara Evans
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Hard To Say I'm Sorry
by Chicago
performed by Peter Cetera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Blue Christmas
by Elvis Presley
performed by Peter Cetera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2007–08 Did not compete
this season
Did not compete
this season
What's Left Of Me
by Nick Lachey
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Hurt
by Christina Aguilera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2006–07 Did not compete
this season
Did not compete
this season
Hurt
by Christina Aguilera
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye
by Boyz II Men
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2005–06 Dark Eyes
Russian folk song
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov
Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
choreographed by David Wilson
God Bless America
by Celine Dion
choreographed by Sasha Cohen

Don't Rain on My Parade
by Barbra Streisand
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
2004–05 Dark Eyes
Russian folk song
choreographed by Nikolai Morozov

Pas de deux
from The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
choreographed by Marina Zoueva
and Igor Shpilband

Don't Rain on My Parade
by Barbra Streisand
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
2003–04 Malagueña
by Ernesto Lecuona
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
Swan Lake
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
My Fair Lady
Soundtrack from the 1964 movie
by Frederick Loewe
choreographed by Robin Wagner

Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
2002–03 Malagueña
by Ernesto Lecuona
choreographed by
Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov
Piano Concerto No. 2
by Sergey Rachmaninoff
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
and Nikolai Morozov
Romeo and Juliet
Soundtrack from the 1968 movie
by Nino Rota and André Rieu
choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova

One Day I'll Fly Away
from Moulin Rouge!
by Nicole Kidman
choreographed by Sasha Cohen
2001–02 My Sweet and Tender Beast
by Evgeni Doga
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Carmen
by Georges Bizet
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Hernando's Hideaway
by Ella Fitzgerald
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen

Aria
by Heitor Villa-Lobos
choreographed by John Nicks,
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sasha Cohen
2000–01 My Sweet and Tender Beast
by Evgeni Doga
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Dark Eyes
Russian folk song
orchestrated by
the London Festival Orchestra
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
choreographed by John Nicks,
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sasha Cohen

To Love You More
by Celine Dion
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
1999–2000 Baroque Selections
by Antonio Vivaldi
and Tomaso Albinoni
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Violin Concerto
by Felix Mendelssohn
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen
Madame Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
choreographed by John Nicks
and Sasha Cohen

Competitive highlights

Post-2002

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2009–10
Winter Olympic Games 2nd
World Championships 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 4th
Grand Prix Final 1st 2nd
Skate America 1st WD
Skate Canada International 1st 1st
Trophee Eric Bompard 1st 1st 2nd WD
Cup of Russia 2nd

Pre-2002

Event 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
Winter Olympic Games 4th
World Championships 4th
World Junior Championships 6th
U.S. Championships 6th N. 2nd J. 2nd WD 2nd
Grand Prix Final
Skate America 5th
Nations Cup 5th
Trophee Eric Bompard 3rd
Cup of Russia 4th
Finlandia Trophy 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Sweden 1st
Gardena Spring Trophy 1st J.
Pacific Coast Sectionals 2nd N. 1st J. 1st
Southwest Pacific Regionals 2nd N. 1st J.
  • Cohen did not compete 2006–2007, 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 season.
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Detailed results

Post-2001

File:Sr Ladies Medalists 2006 Nat
From left to right, Kimmie Meissner (silver), Sasha Cohen (gold), Emily Hughes (bronze), and Katy Taylor (pewter) at the 2006 U.S Nationals.
2009–2010 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
January 14 – 24, 2010 2010 United States Figure Skating Championships 2
69.63
4
104.65
4
174.28
2005–2006 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 21 – 23, 2006 2006 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 3
27.59
1
66.62
4
114.67
3
181.29
February 21 – 23, 2006 2006 Winter Olympics 1
66.73
2
116.63
2
183.36
January 7 – 15, 2006 2006 United States Figure Skating Championships 1
65.15
1
134.03
1
199.18
November 17 – 20, 2005 2005 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 2
60.96
2
114.16
2
175.12
2004–2005 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 21 – 23, 2005 2005 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1
28.41
2
61.37
2
124.61
2
185.98
January 9 – 16, 2005 2005 United States Figure Skating Championships 2 2 2
3.0
2003–2004 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 21 – 23, 2004 2004 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1
1
3
2
4.0
January 9 – 16, 2004 2004 United States Figure Skating Championships 2 2 2
3.0
December 11 – 14, 2003 2003–2004 ISU Grand Prix Final 2
60.80
2
116.68
2
177.48
November 13 – 16, 2003 2003 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique 2
69.38
2
127.81
1
197.19
October 28 – 31, 2003 2003 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 1
71.12
1
126.48
1
197.60
October 23 – 26, 2003 2003 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 1
66.46
1
130.89
1
197.35
2002–2003 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 24 – 30, 2003 2003 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 3
5
3
4
7.2
February 28 – March 2 , 2003 2002–2003 ISU Grand Prix Final 1
(SP)
2
(FS1)
1
(FS2)
1
2.6
January 12 – 19, 2003 2003 United States Figure Skating Championships 3 2 2
November 22 – 24, 2002 2002 ISU Grand Prix Cup of Russia 2
2
2
3.0
November 14 – 17, 2002 2002 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique 2
1
1
2.0
October 31 – November 3, 2002 2002 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 1
1
1
1.5
2001–2002 season
Date Event QR SP FS Result
March 16 – 24, 2002 2002 ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2
5
4
4
February 21 – 23, 2002 2002 Winter Olympics 3
4
4
5.5
January 6 – 13, 2002 2002 United States Figure Skating Championships 2 2 2
3.0
November 15 – 18, 2001 2001 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique 3
3
3
4.0
October 24 – 28, 2001 2001 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 4
5
4
7.0

2001 and earlier

  • 2001: Goodwill Games – 4th, Finlandia Trophy – 1st
  • 2000: U.S. Championships – 2nd, World Junior Championships – 6th, Cup of Russia – 4th
  • 1999: U.S. Championships, Junior – 2nd

Further reading

  • Cohen, Sasha. (2006). Fire on Ice (Revised Edition): Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater. Collins. ISBN 0-06-115385-0

References

  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 16, 2006). "The Tribe goes to Torino: Sketches of Jewish Olympic-Bound Athletes". Jewish World Review. http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0206/bloom_olympics06.php3. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  2. ^ AIPS Web Site
  3. ^ "Athletes – Sasha Cohen". NBCOlympics.com. http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/5061879/detail.html?qs=;t=11;tab=Bio:. Retrieved February 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Cohen pulls out of 2007 national championships". ABC News. December 22, 2006. http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=2746515. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Sasha Cohen planning a comeback for Vancouver Olympics". USA Today. May 7, 2009. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2009-05-06-skating-cohen-comeback_N.htm. 
  6. ^ Hersh, Philip (May 6, 2009). "Cohen poised for comeback; '06 silver medalist eyes 2010 Vancouver Games". Chicago Tribune: p. 76. 
  7. ^ Macur, Juliet (January 7, 2010). "Cohen Remains the Wild Card in Women’s Skating". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/sports/olympics/07skate.html?pagewanted=print. 
  8. ^ Dixon, Arica (2006-03-29). "Is Sasha Cohen Cursed?". Rampway Online (student-run online magazine at Georgia State University). 
  9. ^ Henderson, John (March 29, 2006). "Proof of greatness: Perennial second-place finisher Sasha Cohen tries to silence her critics with a national title". DenverPost. 
  10. ^ 2003 Skate America SP
  11. ^ Cohen Has Breakout Season
  12. ^ "Yu-na, Kwan to do another show in July". The Korea Times. 2010-06-04. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/sports/2010/06/136_67089.html. 
  13. ^ "Sasha Does Hollywood!". SashaCohen.com. http://www.sashacohen.com/hollywood.shtml. Retrieved April 17, 2006. 
  14. ^ Moondance Alexander at the Internet Movie Database

External links


Simple English

Forthe actor and comedian, see Sacha Baron Cohen.


Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen (born October 26, 1984) is an American figure skater. She is the 2006 U.S. National Champion, 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and 2006 Olympic silver medalist.


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