Friday, October 3, 2008

Sasha Cohen back in training, aims for 2010 Olympics

Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen on Wednesday said she has resumed serious training after 2½ years away from competitive skating in hopes competing in the 2010 Olympic Games.

"I really want to compete next (season)," Cohen said after a rehearsal for Friday night's McDonald's Family Tribute on Ice at the Galen Center.

"I've been skating a lot and I'm looking forward to being competitive again."

Cohen, the 2006 U.S. champion, said will not be ready to compete in the upcoming 2009 season capped by the World Figure Skating Championships at Staples Center March 22-29.

The Corona del Mar resident hasn't competed since finishing third at the 2006 Worlds in Calgary. A month earlier, Cohen was second at the Olympic Games in Turin.

Cohen, who first came to international prominence as a teenager coached by John Nicks, said she hasn't yet settled on a coach for her Vancouver 2010 bid. She said in recent months she has been working with a number of different coaches, some based in California, others elsewhere, but declined to name them.

Cohen is one of the headliners in Friday's program that will be televised on NBC on Nov.16. She will skate while former 98 Degrees lead singer Nick Lachey performs.

Cohen will devote more training after upcoming performances in Turin and Milan and tours in the U.S. and Japan. She has appeared in a series of television shows and three movies but said she is putting her acting career on hold until after Vancouver.

"Right now I really just want to focus on skating," Cohen said.Tickets for Friday's show are available at or

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