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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After spending half her life as a skating nomad, Nicole Bobek found her place in United States figure skating history last night.Bobek, 17, of Chicago, won the women's United States Figure Skating championship last night at the Providence Civic Center in a tightly contested long program.Skating to "Dr. Zhivago," Bobek hit five of six triple jumps, and had great height on all of them. She knew she had put on an impressive show especially after she nailed a split triple toe late in a program, and she responded with a smile and clenched fists.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 21, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- And nominated in the best supporting act category at the Winter Olympics yesterday were Surya Bonaly, who flipped, and Nicole Bobek, who flopped.These two veteran figure skaters put on an unusual display in the women's long program final.Bonaly, the 24-year-old Frenchwoman who, for years, has been scorned by the judges, used her last Olympic program to make a statement.She basically told the judges to take a hike by throwing in a very dramatic and very illegal back flip in the closing moments.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After spending half her life as a skating nomad, Nicole Bobek found her place in U.S. figuring skating history last night.Bobek, 17, of Chicago won the women's U.S. Figure Skating Championship last night at the Providence Civic Center in a tightly contested long program.Bobek hit on five of six triple jumps and had great height on all of them. She knew she had put on an impressive show, especially after she nailed a split triple toe late in the program, and she responded with a smile and clenched fists.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 19, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- First, she fell. Then, she stumbled. And finally, she wept.For Nicole Bobek, her opening night at the Winter Olympics turned into a jumping, spinning, skating nightmare.Skating second to last in the women's figure skating short program, trying to keep alive the hope of an American medal sweep, Bobek gave one of the worst performances of her career yesterday and plummeted to 17th place.She failed to complete any of three required jumping elements. She fell on her combination jump, doubled her triple toe loop, and stepped out of a landing on the double axel.
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By MILTON KENT | February 15, 1996
From half a world away, Nicole Bobek sounded weary on the phone the other day, for reasons other than jet lag and time-zone adjustments.The 1995 United States women's figure skating champion is not tired of the boomlet of interest in her sport, but of the reasons behind the boomlet.Bobek, who will join a group of American and European skaters at "The Centennial on Ice" competition (TBS, 8:05 p.m. tonight) says figure skating's recent rise in popularity is a byproduct of the flap that developed during the 1994 Winter Olympics between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 19, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- First, she fell. Then, she stumbled. And finally, she wept.For Nicole Bobek, her opening night at the Winter Olympics turned into a jumping, spinning, skating nightmare.Skating second to last in the women's figure skating short program, trying to keep alive the hope of an American medal sweep, Bobek gave one of the worst performances of her career yesterday and plummeted to 17th place.She failed to complete any of three required jumping elements. She fell on her combination jump, doubled her triple toe loop, and stepped out of a landing on the double axel.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 22, 1996
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The U.S. figure skating championships at the San Jose Arena were remarkably devoid of controversy until the grand finale Saturday night. But the women delivered.Again.If it weren't a foregone conclusion entering the competition that Michelle Kwan, 15, was going to become the youngest women's individual champion since Peggy Fleming in 1964 and third-youngest ever, it became one after defending champion Nicole Bobek withdrew before the freestyle program because of a lingering ankle injury.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 21, 1997
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- A shocked figure skating community dealt yesterday with the sudden death of legendary coach Carlo Fassi, who suffered a fatal heart attack in the midst of the World Figure Skating Championships.Fassi, the 67-year-old Italian-born son of a builder, was mentor to Olympic champions Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Robin Cousins and John Curry.He was also the coach of Nicole Bobek, the American star who is set to perform in today's women's short program.Fassi had complained of indigestion and dizziness at 11: 50 a.m. and was taken to the Canton Hospital University Vaud.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- Seventeen-year-old Michelle Kwan flirted with perfection last night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, her remarkable long program highlighting a string of strong performances that could portend an unprecedented medal sweep at the upcoming Winter Olympics.Kwan swept to victory and defending U.S. and world champion Tara Lipinski bounced back from a disappointing performance in the short program to finish second before an animated sellout crowd of 19,082 at the CoreStates Center.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 9, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- You've got a subjectively judged sport. You've got a controversial selection process. And now you've got a major sponsor announcing its own "Dream Team" two days before the start of the pseudo-Olympic qualifier.A Don King production?Nope, the 1998 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.It's dangerous enough that Olympic berths are decided on the whims of judges. And now Campbell's Soup is weighing in with its opinion -- 140 million times over.That's right, no matter what happens in the long program tomorrow night, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Nicole Bobek are coming soon to a supermarket near you.Tonia Kwiatkowski?
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- Seventeen-year-old Michelle Kwan flirted with perfection last night at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, her remarkable long program highlighting a string of strong performances that could portend an unprecedented medal sweep at the upcoming Winter Olympics.Kwan swept to victory and defending U.S. and world champion Tara Lipinski bounced back from a disappointing performance in the short program to finish second before an animated sellout crowd of 19,082 at the CoreStates Center.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 9, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- Michelle Kwan flipped.Tara Lipinski flopped.That's all you have to know about what happened here yesterday at the CoreStates Center in the ladies short program of this year's U.S. Figure Skating Championships.Kwan, the former world and American champion coming back from a foot injury that sidelined her for a month last fall, skated to near perfection after sleeping in rather than practicing.Lipinski, the reigning world and U.S. champion coming off her victory at last month's Champions Series in Germany, botched her triple flip and all but eliminated her chance at a repeat.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 9, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- You've got a subjectively judged sport. You've got a controversial selection process. And now you've got a major sponsor announcing its own "Dream Team" two days before the start of the pseudo-Olympic qualifier.A Don King production?Nope, the 1998 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.It's dangerous enough that Olympic berths are decided on the whims of judges. And now Campbell's Soup is weighing in with its opinion -- 140 million times over.That's right, no matter what happens in the long program tomorrow night, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Nicole Bobek are coming soon to a supermarket near you.Tonia Kwiatkowski?
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 21, 1997
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- A shocked figure skating community dealt yesterday with the sudden death of legendary coach Carlo Fassi, who suffered a fatal heart attack in the midst of the World Figure Skating Championships.Fassi, the 67-year-old Italian-born son of a builder, was mentor to Olympic champions Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Robin Cousins and John Curry.He was also the coach of Nicole Bobek, the American star who is set to perform in today's women's short program.Fassi had complained of indigestion and dizziness at 11: 50 a.m. and was taken to the Canton Hospital University Vaud.
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By MILTON KENT | February 15, 1996
From half a world away, Nicole Bobek sounded weary on the phone the other day, for reasons other than jet lag and time-zone adjustments.The 1995 United States women's figure skating champion is not tired of the boomlet of interest in her sport, but of the reasons behind the boomlet.Bobek, who will join a group of American and European skaters at "The Centennial on Ice" competition (TBS, 8:05 p.m. tonight) says figure skating's recent rise in popularity is a byproduct of the flap that developed during the 1994 Winter Olympics between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 22, 1996
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The U.S. figure skating championships at the San Jose Arena were remarkably devoid of controversy until the grand finale Saturday night. But the women delivered.Again.If it weren't a foregone conclusion entering the competition that Michelle Kwan, 15, was going to become the youngest women's individual champion since Peggy Fleming in 1964 and third-youngest ever, it became one after defending champion Nicole Bobek withdrew before the freestyle program because of a lingering ankle injury.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,London Bureau of The Sun | March 12, 1995
BIRMINGHAM, England -- China's first figure skating world champion trains in Beijing and Burbank, Calif., idolizes Peggy Fleming and employs an agent.Chen Lu is very much a woman-child of the international skating world.Yesterday, this 18-year-old from the winter sports city of Chang Chun turned The Last Emperor into ballet on ice and won the World Figure Skating Championships most valued prize -- the women's gold."This is not only a first for me but a first for all Chinese skaters," Chen said.
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