October 2005

Easy feelin'

She has modeled in major magazines, skated around the world and in the Olympics, but as she strides to her patio for some "quiet time," Sasha Cohen has just come home from one of her all-time favorite places. The public library.

"I love the library." Cohen said in mid-August. "I picked up a whole bunch of really good books today. I can't wait to sit down with one of these outside on the patio. There's really nothing like a good book."

One of skating's most recognizable faces, Cohen is no longer the little girl who took the world by storm with her poise and striking angles - and striking features. She's 20 years old, all grown up, a homeowner (along with her mother), and enjoying skating more than ever.

She's back in southern California, back with coach John Nicks, back in the area that she's long called home. In other words, it's a good time to be Sasha Cohen.

Read all about how Sasha Cohen has grown up - both in the sport of figure skating and in her daily life - in the October issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Final Chapter
by Kelly Hodge and Mickey Brown

In the spring of 2003, the Hawaii Figure Skating Club of Honolulu, which had never hosted any qualifying competition, submitted a surprising and well-thought-out bid to host the 2005 U.S. Collegiate Championships, Aug. 10-12.

After several months of deliberation, surveying athletes and parents, the Competitions Committee and Collegiate Program Committee decided to go for it, awarding the Hawaii FSC its first competition.

By many accounts, this year's event turned out to be the best "collegiates" ever. The field of athletes boasted 11 skaters who had competed in a past U.S. Championships, many of whom were or had been members of Team USA. With 47 senior ladies, it was one of the largest events in the U.S. for senior level skaters. Because the numbers it generated, athletes and coaches who may never have participated in U.S. Figure Skating's collegiate programs left excited about them.

Joining Forces
by Bob Schaller

Their paths intersected so many times, it seemed only logical that coaches Carrie Brown and Lisa Lueking would end up on the same one.

And their teams - yes, plural - are benefiting from it. The synchronized skating coaches have combined to run the Gems on Ice program in Plymouth, Mich.