Wow, it's been a great time to be a New Yorker this week! First, Evan Lysacek skated at Rockefeller Rink on Monday for the Today show. Then, Sasha Cohen, 2006 U.S. National champion and Olympic silver medalist, skated TODAY at the rink for a corporate function! Rockefeller Rink is the rink I normally skate at so whenever there's a mega-celebrity skater, I'm lucky enough to see them. I hear from the grapevine that someone special is skating on Thursday but I don't know who. You can bet I will know and share on Thursday with you all after the appearance by the mystery guest.
I videotaped Sasha skating all out, without any jumps (guess she's still healing from the calf injury which caused her to withdraw from her Grand Prix assignments) and caught part of her interview with a local news channel. Oh and of course took some gorgeous photos of her on and off the ice -- by the way, one of the most photogenic skaters I've shot so far (see above). I heard her tell the reporter that she was looking forward to Nationals in Spokane, Washington in January. I thought she had to qualify for Nationals by placing in the top four at Pacific sectionals. (The top four skaters at Eastern, Pacific Coast and Midwestern sectionals qualify for Nationals. There are also byes given to certain skaters, e.g., Emily Hughes competed at Skate America so she received a bye to Nationals. Byes were also given to Alissa Czisny and Jeremy Abbott, both current U.S. champions, Evan Lysacek, current World champion, you get the idea.) BUT, skating aficionado Laura wrote me to advise that Olympic medalists from the most recent Olympics (2006) get an automatic bye to Nationals. So Sasha, as the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, just needs to get her jumps ready for Nationals. Okay, enough tapping on the keyboard for now...let me get going on the Sasha video and photos to post asap.