This profile thread takes a look back at Sasha Cohen's competitive career (1997-2006, with a brief comeback in 2010)
Born, 26th October 1984, in Westwood, California, Sasha started skating when she was 7 years old (she was also a gymnast at a young age). It would be another 4 years, however, before she started pursuing skating as a career.
Sasha Cohen - Aged 9 (circa 1993/94)
In 1997, Sasha finished 2nd in the novice section at both the Pacific Coast Sectionals and the Southwest Pacific Regionals. Accordingly, she qualified to compete at the 1998 U.S. Championships, where she placed 6th in the novice competition.
During the 1998/99 season, Sasha moved up to compete as a junior. She finished 1st at both the Pacific Coast Sectionals and the Southwest Pacific Regionals. Hence, she qualified to compete at the 1999 U.S. Championships, where she finished 2nd to Sara Wheat in the junior competition.
Junior U.S. Nationals 1999 - SP, Junior U.S. Nationals 1999 - LP
Later that season, Sasha won the Gardena Spring Trophy (junior competition), and avenged her defeat to Sara Wheat in the process, by beating her into third place.
Sasha began the 1999/2000 season (SP: Baroque Selections - Vivaldi, LP: Violin Concerto - Mendelssohn) by performing in the Keri Lotion Classic
Keri Lotion Classic - LP, Fluff Piece
Sasha next won the Swedish Junior Grand Prix event (the Salchow Trophy). She also won the senior Pacific Coast Sectionals.
At the 2000 U.S. Nationals, Sasha competed in the senior competition. This competition represented her breakthrough event, as she led the competition (and Michelle Kwan) after the short program. Ultimately, she won the silver medal behind Kwan.
U.S. Nationals 2000 - SP, U.S. Nationals 2000 - LP, Exhibition
Ordinarily, Sasha would have been too young to compete at senior worlds during the 1999/00 season, but a provision within the rules would have allowed her to do so had she medalled at junior worlds. However, she could only finish 6th at junior worlds, with her compatriot, Jennifer Kirk, winning the Gold medal.
Junior World Championships 2000 - SP, Junior World Championships 2000 - LP
For the 2000/01 season (SP: Sentimental Waltz, LP: Dark Eyes), Cohen became a full time senior. She again performed in the Keri Lotion Classic
Sasha was assigned to 2 senior Grand Prix events, the first of which was the Nations Cup in which she finished 5th. The competition was won by Maria Butyrskaya, with Sarah Hughes 2nd.
Nations Cup - SP, Nations Cup - LP, Exhibition
Cohen's second Grand Prix event was the Cup of Russia in which she placed 4th. Irina Slutskaya won the event, Elena Sokolova 2nd, and Sarah Hughes 3rd.
Cup of Russia - SP, Cup of Russia - LP
Unfortunately, Sasha was unable to compete at the 2001 U.S. Championships due to a stress fracture to her back which finished her entire season.
Sasha began the 2001/02 season (SP: Sentimental Waltz - Doga, LP: Carmen - Bizet) by competing in the Goodwill Games, finishing 4th. The competition was won by Irina Slutskaya, with Michelle Kwan 2nd.
Cohen won her next competition, the Finlandia Trophy
Finlandia Trophy - LP
Around this time, Sasha also performed at the Masters of Figure Skating event
Masters of Figure Skating - SP, Masters of Figure Skating - LP
Sasha was assigned to 2 Grand Prix competitions. Her first was Skate America, at which she placed 5th. Michelle Kwan won the event, with Sarah Hughes 2nd. Sasha performed a quad salchow in practice
Skate America - LP, Quad Salchow - Practice
Cohen's next Grand Prix was Trophée Lalique at which she finished 3rd, with the competition being won by Maria Butyrskaya, with Sarah Hughes 2nd.
Trophée Lalique - SP, Trophée Lalique - LP
Towards the end of 2001, Sasha performed at the Hershey's Challenge
At the 2002 U.S. Championships, Cohen finished 2nd behind Michelle Kwan. In the process, she qualified to compete at the 2002 Olympics and World Championships.
U.S. Championships 2002 - SP, U.S. Championships 2002 - LP, Exhibition
At the 2002 Olympics, Sasha placed 4th. The Gold medal was won by Sarah Hughes.
2002 Olympics - SP, 2002 Olympics - LP, Exhibition
At the 2002 World Championships, Cohen again finished 4th. The Gold medal was won by Irina Slutskaya.
World Championships 2002 - SP, World Championships 2002 - LP, Exhibition
Up until this stage, Sasha was coached by John Nicks. For the 2002/03 season (SP: Malagueña - Lecuona, LP: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Rachmaninoff), however, Cohen relocated to Simsbury, Connecticut, to train with Tatiana Tarasova. Sasha was assigned to three Grand Prix events. Firstly, she won Skate Canada, beating Fumie Suguri into 2nd.
Skate Canada - SP, Skate Canada - LP
Next, she won Trophée Lalique.
Trophée Lalique - SP, Trophée Lalique - LP
In her final Grand Prix event, the Cup of Russia, she finished 2nd to Viktoria Volchkova.
Cup of Russia - SP, Cup of Russia - LP
As a result of her success in the Grand Prix events, she qualified for the final and won, beating world champion, Irina Slutskaya into 2nd. Viktoria Volchkova, who had beaten her at the Cup of Russia, placed 3rd. Rather bizarrely, each skater performed 1 short program, followed by 2 long programs in this competition.....
GPF 2002/03 - SP, GPF 2002/03 - LP1, GPF - 2002/03 - LP2, Gala
During the 2002/03 season, the Grand Prix Final was held after U.S. Nationals, at which Sasha finished a disappointing 3rd (Kwan placing 1st, and Sarah Hughes 2nd)
U.S Championships 2003 - SP, U.S. Championships 2003 - LP, Exhibition
At 2003 Worlds, Cohen finished 4th. Kwan won her final world title at the event
World Championships 2003 - SP, World Championships 2003 - LP, Exhibition
Sasha finished the season performing in the ABC International Figure Skating Challenge
For the 2003/04 season (SP: Malagueña - Lecuona, LP: Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky), Sasha continued to be trained by Tatiana Tarasova. However, midway through the season, she changed to Robin Wagner. Cohen began the season, performing at the Campbell's Classic
Sasha was again assigned to 3 Grand Prix events. The first was Skate America, which she won, beating Shizuka Arakawa into 3rd place.
Skate America 2003 - SP, Skate America 2003 - LP
Sasha also won her next Grand Prix event, Skate Canada, as well, again beating Shizuka Arakawa (this time, into 2nd place)
Skate Canada 2003 - SP, Skate Canada 2003 - LP
Cohen made it a hat-trick of Grand Prix wins when she won the Trophée Lalique. Yet again, she beat Shizuka Arakawa into 2nd place.
Trophée Lalique 2003 - SP, Trophée Lalique - 2003 - LP
At the 2003/04 Grand Prix Final, Sasha finished 2nd to Fumie Suguri. Shizuka Arakawa finished 3rd (the 4th time out of 4 that Sasha had beaten her during the season).
GPF 2003/04 - SP, GPF - 2003/04 - LP
Sasha's next competition was the 2004 U.S. Nationals. She finished 2nd to Michelle Kwan.
U.S. Championships 2004 - SP, U.S. Championships 2004 - LP
At the 2004 World Championships, Sasha won the Silver medal (her first medal at Worlds). Who won? Shizuka Arakawa - whom Sasha had beaten 4 times out 4 during the Grand Prix season. Sasha led after the SP (obtaining 4 6.0's for her SP), but in her FS, she missed out the double toe on the end of her 3Zx2T combination, and stumbled on her triple salchow towards the end of her LP, and this cost her victory in the FS (in which she finished 3rd), and the Gold medal.
World Championships 2004 - SP, World Championships 2004 - LP, Exhibition
Cohen finished the 2003/04 season by performing at the Marshall's Challenge. Sasha won the event. Guess who she outskated into 2nd Place? Yes, you guessed it - Shizuka Arakawa! Beating her for the 5th time out 6 (losing only at the world championships). Had Cohen performed her brilliant Marshall's LP at Worlds - she would have been world champion.
Sasha returned to John Nicks for the 2004/05 season (SP: Dark Eyes, LP: The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky). However, back problems mean't that she missed the entirety of the Grand Prix series. Nevertheless, she returned in time to compete at the 2005 U.S. Nationals, where she finished 2nd to Michelle Kwan
U.S. Nationals 2005 - SP, U.S. Nationals 2005 - LP
At the 2005 World Championships, Sasha again won the Silver medal. The competition was won by Irina Slutskaya
World Championships 2005 - SP, World Championships 2005 - LP
Sasha began the 2005/06 season (SP: Dark Eyes, LP: Romeo & Juliet) by winning the Campbell's Challenge.
After missing Skate America due to a hip injury, she competed at the Trophée Eric Bompard where she finished 2nd to Mao Asada.
Trophée Eric Bompard 2005 - SP, Trophée Eric Bompard 2005 - LP
At the beginning of 2006, despite having to overcome a bout of the flu, Sasha became the U.S. national champion for the first time.
U.S. Nationals 2006 - SP, U.S. Nationals 2006 - LP
At the 2006 Olympics, Sasha led after a superb short program. However, she went into the free skate with a groin injury (which led to a confidence sapping practice session). A disastrous start to her FS opened the door for Shizuka Arakawa to win the Gold. Nevertheless, an excellent skate during the final two-thirds of her LP, enabled Sasha to hang on for the Silver medal. Ironically, her exhibition program was Barbra Streisand's, Don't Rain On My Parade!
2006 Olympics - SP, 2006 Olympics - LP, Exhibition
After the Olympics disappointment, competing at the 2006 Worlds was probably a mistake. She finished 3rd to Kimmie Meissner.
World Championships 2006 - SP, World Championships 2006 - LP
It would be another 4 years before Sasha competed again - at the 2010 U.S. Championships, in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Olympics. However, competitively rusty, Sasha could only finish 4th and failed to qualify.
U.S. Nationals 2010 - SP, U.S. Nationals 2010 - LP