February 2007

Labor of Love

When New York Cares, the Big Apple's leading volunteer organization, and event sponsor Weatherproof Garment Company asked Sasha Cohen to co-host their "Coat-The-Rink-Skate-A-Thon" last month, the Olympic silver medalist knew it was a perfect fit.

"I agreed right away," Cohen said. "After all, I know what it's like to be cold."

Cohen, along with Food Network star Sandra Lee and actor Tom Cavanagh, best known as the title character in the NBC series "Ed" (2000-2004), signed autographs, skated with fans and posed for pictures at the city's picturesque Bryant Park ice rink, helping to collect 750 coats. Weatherproof matched each donation with a new coat, doubling the contributions to 1,500.

"I always love having the opportunity to give back to the community," Cohen said.

Read all about Sasha Cohen and the many other U.S. figure skaters who are active in their communities in the February issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

New heights
by Louise Radnofsky

At 17, Michelle Kwan wrote in her memoir, "I want people to remember me after 1,000 years when skating is weird and people are doing quintuple jumps." For the teenager, the idea of a world 10 centuries away was as unfathomable as the idea of a five-revolution jump.

Kwan will have her place in the history of skating. Scientists, however, predict that the "quint," as it will become known, will be joining her in the less incredible future.

Surprise ending
by Sal Zanca

There was a surprise winner in the ladies event at the Grand Prix Final in St. Petersburg, Russia, as Korea's Yu-Na Kim outlasted Mao Asada and Sarah Meier to take the gold. The favorites in men's (Brian Joubert), pairs (Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao)and ice dancing (Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski) were all victorious.