Who is Sasha Cohen?
Born in 1984 in southern California, young Sasha Cohen began gymnastics at the age of five, progressing rapidly. By age seven, she turned her attention to ice skating, and by age ten was performing double salchows and double toe loops. Since her mother Galina Feldman, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant was once a ballerina, she encouraged Sasha's ballet training, which contributed significantly to Sasha's grace and flexibility on the ice.
Olympics 2006 Silver Medalist in Figure Skating
Committed now to excelling as a junior figure skater, Sasha Cohen competed in Juniors, attending U.S. Nationals in 1999 and winning the silver medal in figure skating. The same year, she passed her senior test, entering senior competitions the following year. Since 2002, she was medalled at every U.S. Nationals - with one gold medal (2006), three silvers and one bronze. At Worlds, she won two silvers and one bronze medal in 2003, 2004, and 2005. A leading contender at the Winter Olympics, Sasha placed fourth place in 2002, and second at the 2006 Olympics, although she fell during her free skate.
Sasha is known for her dynamic, feisty personality, as well as her elegance and flexibility on ice.
Her interests and talents are diverse, including charity work, art, jewelry making and her future career goal - fashion design. In spite of a nonstop schedule, Sasha found the time to co-write her own autobiography - Fire on Ice: Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater, published in 2005.
Currently, Sasha Cohen continues to compete (although she is not participating in the fall 2006 Grand Prix series). Each spring, she is a feature skater in the Champions on Ice figure skating shows, which tour the U.S. from April - July each year.
Last update November 11, 2006
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