Sasha CohenFigure Skater
Born: 26 October 1984
Birthplace: Westwood, California
Best known as: 2006 U.S. national figure skating champion
Name at birth: Alexandra Pauline Cohen
Cohen's petite frame and gymnastic style earned her a following among figure skating fans in 2000. That year she finished a surprising second to reigning champ Michelle Kwan in the 2000 U.S. women's national championships. After missing much of 2001 with an injured back, Cohen again finished second to Kwan at the 2002 U.S. championships. The finish earned her a spot on the 2002 Olympic team alongside Kwan and Sarah Hughes; at Salt Lake City she finished fourth behind Hughes, Russian Irina Slutskaya and Kwan. In 2006, with Kwan injured, Cohen broke through to win the U.S. championships for the first time. She went on to win a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, finishing second to Japan's Shizuka Arikawa.
Extra credit: 'Sasha' is a traditional Ukrainian nickname; Cohen's mother Galina is a native of the Ukraine... Cohen is 5'2" tall, according to her 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Association profile.
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