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Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen 2009 SOI Halifax Spiral.jpg
Cohen performs a spiral at the 2009 Stars on Ice.
Personal information
Full nameAlexandra Pauline Cohen
Country represented United States
Born(1984-10-26) October 26, 1984 (age 29)
Westwood, Los Angeles, California
Home townNewport Beach, California
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former coachJohn Nicks, Rafael Arutyunyan, John Nicks, Tatiana Tarasova, Robin Wagner
Former choreographerLori Nichol, Nikolai Morozov, David Wilson, Tatiana Tarasova, Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Robin Wagner, Ekaterina Gordeeva
Skating clubOrange County FSC
Former training locationsAliso Viejo, California
Simsbury, Connecticut
Began skating1992
ISU personal best scores
Combined total197.60
2003 Skate Canada
Short program71.12
2003 Skate Canada
Free skate130.89
2003 Skate America
 
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This article is about the figure skater. For the British comedian, see Sacha Baron Cohen.
Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen 2009 SOI Halifax Spiral.jpg
Cohen performs a spiral at the 2009 Stars on Ice.
Personal information
Full nameAlexandra Pauline Cohen
Country represented United States
Born(1984-10-26) October 26, 1984 (age 29)
Westwood, Los Angeles, California
Home townNewport Beach, California
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Former coachJohn Nicks, Rafael Arutyunyan, John Nicks, Tatiana Tarasova, Robin Wagner
Former choreographerLori Nichol, Nikolai Morozov, David Wilson, Tatiana Tarasova, Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Robin Wagner, Ekaterina Gordeeva
Skating clubOrange County FSC
Former training locationsAliso Viejo, California
Simsbury, Connecticut
Began skating1992
ISU personal best scores
Combined total197.60
2003 Skate Canada
Short program71.12
2003 Skate Canada
Free skate130.89
2003 Skate America

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

Personal life[edit]

Cohen was born in Westwood, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Her full name is Alexandra Pauline Cohen.[1][2] Her nickname "Sasha" is a Russian diminutive of "Alexandra".[2] As a university student, she has used the name Alex, rather than Sasha.[2]

Her mother, Galina (née Feldman), is a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine[1] and a former ballet dancer.

Her father, Roger Cohen, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. Roger Cohen was formerly a law partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, and Of Counsel at Dorsey and Whitney.[3][4] He is Founder and CEO of VerticalPoint Solutions, a company that simplifies and automates compliance for document intensive industries. VerticalPoint is based in Orange County, California.[1]

Sasha Cohen graduated from Futures High School in Mission Viejo, California in 2002. As of 2011, she was enrolled as an undergraduate student at Columbia University.[2][5] She has a younger sister, Natalia ("Natasha"),[1] who began college at Barnard College in August 2006.

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

Cohen understands the Russian language.[6]

Skating career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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. One of her early skating coaches was Victor Yelchin, father of actor Anton Yelchin.[7]

Cohen rose to prominence in the skating community during the 2000 U.S. Championships. Just up from juniors, Cohen was first in the short program and finished second overall after the free skate, provisionally qualifying for the senior World team. A loophole in the ISU's age rules at the time would have allowed her to compete at the senior World Championships if she medaled at the World Junior Championships but she finished 6th at the junior event.[8]

Senior development and success[edit]

Cohen did not compete at the 2001 U.S. Nationals due to a stress fracture in her back. She resumed full training in June 2001.[9] Cohen won the 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 Championships, held in Nagano. Cohen was coached by John Nicks in California.[10]

In the summer of 2002, Cohen moved to the East Coast to train with Tatiana Tarasova in Simsbury, Connecticut.[10][11] She won her first ISU Grand Prix event at the 2002 Skate Canada and then won the 2002 Trophée Lalique. She won the silver medal at the 2002 Cup of Russia. These three placements earned her a spot to the 2002–03 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 (setting a world record in the short program) and at the 2003 Trophée Lalique and won silver at the 2003–04 Grand Prix Final. In late December 2003, she changed coaches and began training with Robin Wagner in Hackensack, New Jersey.[10][12] She 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.

In the 2004–05 season, Cohen withdrew from her Grand Prix events due to a recurring back injury. In late December 2004, Cohen decided to return to California and train again with her first coach John Nicks.[1][13] She placed 2nd at the 2005 U.S. championships in Portland and the 2005 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

2006 Olympic season[edit]

Sasha 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.[1] 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, 7.98 points behind gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa of Japan.

A month later at the 2006 World Championships in Calgary, Canada, Cohen was in 1st place after the short program. Completing only one jump combination and falling on the 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 obtained 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[edit]

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

In 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 in 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 said that her "major goals" were the 2009 World Championships and the 2010 Olympics; "I know I want to be in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics."[14]

Cohen did not compete in 2007, 2008, or 2009, 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[edit]

Cohen announced on May 6, 2009 that she planned to make a comeback for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[15] She said she would train with Rafael Arutyunyan.[16] Cohen received invitations to compete in the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and in the 2009 Skate America in the 2009–10 Grand Prix series but withdrew from both due to tendinitis in her right calf.[17][18] In November 2009, she changed coaches to John Nicks, who worked closer to where she lived.[19][20]

On January 21, 2010 Cohen competed for the first time in four years at the 2010 U.S. 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, in her free skate, set to Moonlight Sonata, 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.

Skating trademarks[edit]

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

Cohen is the first skater to receive +3s for spirals under the IJS for "Grade of Execution".[21] She popularized the I-spin position, which is sometimes informally referred to as the "Sasha spin".[22]

Ice shows[edit]

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 ice show, scheduled for July 23–25, 2010 in Goyang, South Korea, alongside other skaters including Michelle Kwan, Stéphane Lambiel and Brian Joubert.[23]

Acting career[edit]

Television[edit]

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 made a brief appearance guest starring as herself on the May 5, 2006 episode of the NBC drama, Las Vegas.[24] 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". Sasha also participated in the 2013 edition of "Tornado Week" on The Weather Channel, helping break the myth that small tornadoes are not as destructive by demonstrating a tight spin.

Film[edit]

Cohen played Fiona Hughes in the Don Johnson movie Moondance Alexander.[25] 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[edit]

Cohen performs a Biellmann spiral on the 2008 Stars on Ice tour stop in Halifax.
SeasonShort programFree skatingExhibition
2009–2010

2008–2009Did not compete



2007–2008
2006–2007
  • It's So Hard To Say Goodbye
    by Boyz II Men
    choreo. by Sasha Cohen

2005–2006
[1]

2004–2005
[26]
2003–2004
[27]

2002–2003
[28]

2001–2002
[29]

2000–2001
  • My Sweet and Tender Beast
    by Eugen Doga
    choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen

1999–2000
1998–1999

Competitive highlights[edit]

Results[30]
International
Event1997–981998–991999–002000–012001–022002–032003–042004–052005–062009–10
Olympics4th2nd
Worlds4th4th2nd2nd3rd
Grand Prix Final1st2nd
GP Cup of Russia4th2nd
GP Lalique/Bompard3rd1st1st2nd
GP Skate America5th1st
GP Skate Canada1st1st
GP Sparkassen5th
Finlandia1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds6th
JGP Sweden1st
Gardena1st J.
National
U.S. Champ.6th N.2nd J.2ndWD2nd3rd2nd2nd1st4th
Pacific Coast2nd N.1st J.1st
SW Pacific Reg.2nd N.1st J.
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
Cohen did not compete in the 2006–2007, 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 seasons.

Detailed results[edit]

Post-2001[edit]

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
DateEventQRSPFSResult
January 14 – 24, 20102010 United States Figure Skating Championships2
69.63
4
104.65
4
174.28
2005–2006 season
DateEventQRSPFSResult
March 21 – 23, 20062006 ISU World Figure Skating Championships3
27.59
1
66.62
4
114.67
3
181.29
February 21 – 23, 20062006 Winter Olympics1
66.73
2
116.63
2
183.36
January 7 – 15, 20062006 United States Figure Skating Championships1
65.15
1
134.03
1
199.18
November 17 – 20, 20052005 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard2
60.96
2
114.16
2
175.12
2004–2005 season
DateEventQRSPFSResult
March 21 – 23, 20052005 ISU World Figure Skating Championships1
28.41
2
61.37
2
124.61
2
185.98
January 9 – 16, 20052005 United States Figure Skating Championships222
3.0
2003–2004 season
DateEventQRSPFSResult
March 21 – 23, 20042004 ISU World Figure Skating Championships1
1
3
2
4.0
January 9 – 16, 20042004 United States Figure Skating Championships122
2.5
December 11 – 14, 20032003–2004 ISU Grand Prix Final2
60.80
2
116.68
2
177.48
November 13 – 16, 20032003 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique1
69.38
1
127.81
1
197.19
October 28 – 31, 20032003 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada1
71.12
1
126.48
1
197.60
October 23 – 26, 20032003 ISU Grand Prix Skate America1
66.46
1
130.89
1
197.35
2002–2003 season
DateEventQRSPFSResult
March 24 – 30, 20032003 ISU World Figure Skating Championships3
5
3
4
7.2
February 28 – March 2, 20032002–2003 ISU Grand Prix Final1
(SP)
2
(FS1)
1
(FS2)
1
2.6
January 12 – 19, 20032003 United States Figure Skating Championships322
November 22 – 24, 20022002 ISU Grand Prix Cup of Russia2
2
2
3.0
November 14 – 17, 20022002 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique2
1
1
2.0
October 31 – November 3, 20022002 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada1
1
1
1.5
2001–2002 season
DateEventQRSPFSResult
March 16 – 24, 20022002 ISU World Figure Skating Championships2
5
4
4
February 21 – 23, 20022002 Winter Olympics3
4
4
5.5
January 6 – 13, 20022002 United States Figure Skating Championships222
3.0
November 15 – 18, 20012001 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Lalique3
3
3
4.0
October 24 – 28, 20012001 ISU Grand Prix Skate America4
5
4
7.0

2001 and earlier[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sasha COHEN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rosewater, Amy (March 5, 2012). "You can call me Alex: Cohen embraces normalcy". Ice Network. 
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 16, 2006). "The Tribe goes to Torino: Sketches of Jewish Olympic-Bound Athletes". Jewish World Review. Retrieved December 23, 2006. 
  4. ^ "AIPS Web Site". Aipsmedia.com. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Carieri, Allie (November 10, 2011). "Skater Girl". The Eye, Columbia Daily Spectator. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Athletes – Sasha Cohen". NBCOlympics.com. Retrieved February 17, 2007. 
  7. ^ Itier, Emmanuel (January 30, 2008). "On Top of the Teenage World as 'Charlie Bartlett' & as Pavel Chekov in 'Star Trek' Reboot". Buzzine. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Loosemore, Sandra (March 16, 2000). "Junior skaters shouldn't face senior pressure". CBS Sportsline. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. 
  9. ^ Rosewater, Amy (December 26, 2001). "Cohen Continues Her Comeback". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ a b c Lorge, Abigail (January 2006). "Cohen's coaching carousel". NBCOlympics.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2006. 
  11. ^ Elliott, Helene (August 16, 2002). "Cohen Set to Drop Longtime Coach". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ Faulkner, Cynthia (March 27, 2004). "Cohen: Experience a major asset". ESPN. 
  13. ^ "Sasha Cohen returns to former coach John Nicks". Associated Press (ESPN). December 22, 2004. 
  14. ^ "Cohen pulls out of 2007 national championships". ABC News. December 22, 2006. Retrieved December 23, 2006. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Sasha Cohen planning a comeback for Vancouver Olympics". USA Today. May 7, 2009. 
  16. ^ Hersh, Philip (May 6, 2009). "Cohen poised for comeback; '06 silver medalist eyes 2010 Vancouver Games". Chicago Tribune. p. 76. 
  17. ^ "Cohen withdraws from Grand Prix event". Associated Press (ESPN). October 9, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Lingering tendinitis shelves Cohen". Associated Press (ESPN). November 9, 2009. 
  19. ^ Macur, Juliet (January 7, 2010). "Cohen Remains the Wild Card in Women’s Skating". New York Times. 
  20. ^ Ford, Bonnie D. (January 22, 2010). "Legends bring spark to nationals again". ESPN. 
  21. ^ 2003 Skate America SP
  22. ^ "Cohen Has Breakout Season". Goldenskate.com. December 18, 2003. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Yu-na, Kwan to do another show in July". The Korea Times. June 4, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Sasha Does Hollywood!". SashaCohen.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2006. Retrieved April 17, 2006. 
  25. ^ Moondance Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ "Sasha COHEN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 3, 2005. 
  27. ^ "Sasha COHEN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. 
  28. ^ "Sasha COHEN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 1, 2003. 
  29. ^ "Sasha COHEN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 2, 2001. 
  30. ^ "Competition Results: Sasha COHEN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. 

External links[edit]

World Records Holder
Preceded by
Japan Shizuka Arakawa
Ladies' Short Program
24 October 2003 – 23 March 2007
Succeeded by
South Korea Kim Yuna
Preceded by
United States Jennifer Kirk
Ladies' Free Skating
25 October 2003 – 24 March 2007
Succeeded by
Japan Mao Asada
Preceded by
United States Jennifer Kirk
Ladies' Total Score
25 October 2003 – 26 November 2005
Succeeded by
Russia Irina Slutskaya