Sasha Cohen

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Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen is a former U.S. ladies figure skater. She was born on 26 October 1984 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.

She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist (silver in 2004 and 2005 and bronze in 2006), the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion.

She was coached by John Nicks, Rafael Arutyunyan, Tatiana Tarasova and Robin Wagner. She choreographed most of her exhibition programs and participated in the choreography of some of her competitive programs.

After the 2006 Olympics she only did shows and exhibitions and returned in the 2009/2010 season with the aim to participate in the 2010 Olympic Games. She did not, however, qualify to the U.S. Olympic Team. She retired from competitive skating post 2009/2010 season.

In 2016 Cohen graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science.

In 2005, Sasha published her autobiography, Fire on Ice. In 2006, it was amended to add a section on her 2005-2006 season, including the 2006 Winter Olympics.

In August 2016 she got married to Tom May, but they are separated since February 2018.

Sasha currently works as an associate in Morgan Stanley.

Sasha is currently the last American lady to medal at the Olympics in the ladies' individual event. She was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame on January 20, 2016.

Last updated on 11 May 2019 by Mohacz

ISU Bio
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00004247.htm

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasha_Cohen

Social Media
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sashacohennyc/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/sashacohennyc
FC YouTube account - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3g7h3XhlalInYmhWWYg6xQ
Fan web page - http://www.sashacohen.com/


SP71.12MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003
LP/FS130.89Smart Ones Skate America 2003
TS197.60MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003

Programs and Videos
2009/2010
SP: "España cañí" by Pascual Marquina Narro; choreo. by Lori Nichol
LP: "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven; choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
Ex1: "Sick and Tired" by Anastacia; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex2: "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen performed by Jeff Buckley; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex3: "Mein Herr" (from Cabaret) by Kander and Ebb; choreo. by Sasha Cohen

2010 U.S. Championships
2008/2009
She did not compete this season

Ex1: "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven; choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
Ex2: "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex3: "I Could Not Ask For More" by Sara Evans; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex4: "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago performed by Peter Cetera; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex5: "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley performed by Peter Cetera; choreo. by Sasha Cohen

2007/2008
She did not compete this season

Ex1: "What's Left Of Me" by Nick Lachey; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex2: "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera; choreo. by Sasha Cohen

2006/2007
She did not compete this season

Ex1: "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye" by Boyz II Men; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex2: "Anytime, Anywhere" by Sarah Brightman; choreo. by Sasha Cohen

2006 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge
Ex1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nYpICu75H4 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4amGdx6AQos("God Bless America")​

2005/2006
SP: "Dark Eyes" (Russian folk song); choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
LP: "Romeo and Juliet" (1968 film) by Nino Rota, André Rieu; choreo. by David Wilson
Ex1: "God Bless America" by Celine Dion; choreo. by Sasha Cohen
Ex2: "Don't Rain on My Parade" by Barbra Streisand; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen

2006 World ChampionshipsXX Winter Olympic Games Torino 20062006 U.S. Championships2005 Trophée Eric Bompard2005 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge
2004/2005
SP: "Dark Eyes" (Russian folk song); choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
LP: "Pas de deux" (from "The Nutcracker") by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreo. by Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband
Ex: "Don't Rain on My Parade" by Barbra Streisand; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen

2005 World Championships2005 U.S. Championships2004 Campbell’s International Figure Skating Classic2004 Marshalls World Figure Skating Challenge
2003/2004
SP: "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona; choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova
LP: "Swan Lake" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova
Ex1: "My Fair Lady" (1964 film) by Frederick Loewe; choreo. by Robin Wagner
Ex2: "Romeo and Juliet" (1968 film) by Nino Rota, André Rieu; choreo. by David Wilson

2004 World Championships2004 U.S. Championships2003–04 Grand Prix Final2003 Trophée Lalique2003 Skate Canada International2003 Skate America2003 Campbell’s International Figure Skating Classic2003 ABC International Figure Skating Challenge
2002/2003
SP: "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona; choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova
LP: "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff; choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova, Nikolai Morozov
Ex1: "Romeo and Juliet" (1968 film) by Nino Rota, André Rieu; choreo. by David Wilson
Ex2: "One Day I'll Fly Away" (from "Moulin Rouge") by Nicole Kidman; choreo. by Sasha Cohen

2003 World Championships2002–03 Grand Prix Final2002 Sears Figure Skating Open2002 Cup of Russia2002 Trophée Lalique2002 Skate Canada International
2001/2002
SP: "My Sweet and Tender Beast" by Eugen Doga; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
LP: "Carmen" by Georges Bizet; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
Ex1: "Hernando's Hideaway" by Ella Fitzgerald; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
Ex2: "Aria" by Heitor Villa-Lobos; choreo. by John Nicks, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Sasha Cohen

2002 World ChampionshipsXIX Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City 20022002 U.S. Championships2001 Masters of Figue Skating2001 Skate America2001 Finlandia Trophy
2000/2001
SP: "My Sweet and Tender Beast" by Eugen Doga; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
LP: "Dark Eyes" (Russian folk song) orchestrated by the London Festival Orchestra; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
Ex1: "Anytime, Anywhere" by Sarah Brightman; choreo. by John Nicks, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Sasha Cohen
Ex2: "To Love You More" by Celine Dion; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen

2001 U.S. National Championships2000 GP Cup of Russia2000 GP Sparkassen (Nations) Cup
1999/2000
SP: Baroque selections by Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
LP: "Violin Concerto" by Felix Mendelssohn; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen
Ex: "Madame Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini; choreo. by John Nicks, Sasha Cohen

2000 World Junior Championships2000 U.S. National Championships
1998/1999
SP: "Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
LP: no information found
1999 U.S. Junior National Championships
1997/1998
SP: no information found
LP: "Samson and Delilah"

1998 U.S. Novice National Championships
Results
Rows in azure ---> U.S. domestic competitions

EventSPLP/FSFinal Result
2009/2010
2010 U.S. Championships2 (69.63)4 (104.65)4 (174.28)
2005/2006
2006 World Championships1 (66.62)4 (114.67)3 (181.29)
2006 Winter Olympics1 (66.73)2 (16.63)2 (183.36)
2006 U.S. Championships1 (65.15)1 (134.03)1 (199.18)
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard2 (60.96)2 (114.16)2 (175.12)
2005 Campbell's International

1
2005 Marshalls World Figure Skating Classic

2
2004/2005
2005 World Championships2 (61.37)2 (124.61)2 (185.98)
2005 U.S. Championships222
2004 Marshalls World Cup of Figure Skating

3
2004 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic

3
2004 Marshalls World Figure Skating Challenge

1
2003/2004
2004 World Championships132
2004 U.S. Championships122
2003–04 Grand Prix Final2 (60.80)2 (116.68)2 (177.48)
2003 international Figure Skating Challenge

3
2003 Trophée Lalique1 (69.38)1 (127.81)1 (197.19)
2003 Skate Canada International1 (71.12)1 (126.48)1 (197.60)
2003 Skate America1 (66.46)1 (130.89)1 (197.35)
2003 Campbell's International Figure Skating Challenge

1
2003 ABC International Figure Skating Challenge

3
2002/2003
2003 World Championships534
2002–03 Grand Prix Final2
(FS1)
1
(FS2)
1
2003 U.S. Championships322
2003 Crest Whitestrips International Figure Skating Challenge

1
2003 Sears Figure Skating Open

1
2002 Cup of Russia222
2002 Trophée Lalique211
2002 Skate Canada International111
2002 Campbell's International Figure Skating Challenge

4
2001/2002
2002 World Championships544
2002 Winter Olympics344
2002 U.S. Championships222
2001 Trophée Lalique333
2001 Skate America454
2001 Finlandia Trophy111
2001 Goodwill Games444
2000/2001
2001 U.S. National ChampionshipsWD
2000 GP Cup of Russia444
2000 GP Sparkassen Cup455
1999/2000
2000 World Junior Championships956
2000 U.S. National Championships122
1999 JGP Sweden (Salchow Trophy)

1
1999 Pacific Coast Sectionals

1
1998/1999
1999 Gardena Spring Trophy - junior111
1999 U.S. Junior National Championships122
1998 Pacific Coast Junior Sectionals

1
1998 Southwest Pacific Junior Regionals

1
1997/1998
1998 U.S. Novice National Championships656
1997 Pacific Coast Novice Sectionals

2
1997 Southwest Pacific Novice Regionals

2


Shows and Galas
2012 Pandora Unforgettable Moments of Love on Ice - "Big Spender" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW_zT7kkIuI
2012 Stars on Ice - "Big Spender" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk1z8mjn6MQ
2012 Improv Ice - "Just A Kiss" by Lady Antebellum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6dUpIKnDQw
2012 Improv Ice - "Crystal Ball" by Styx - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4tvS5Vv0ec
2011 Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of the Ice - "Dos Gardenias" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cvZwEVyi0c
2011 Riverdance on ice - "Slow Air and Tunes" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M-_yTL1vdM
2010 Japan Open Exhibition - "Mein Herr" by Liza Minelli - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-QCp8Wol6c
2010 Improv on Ice - "California Girls" by Katy Perry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sGdu5wwDlo
2010 Caesars Tribute - "Cabaret" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuM2VLXAVs0
2010 Art on Ice - "Hallelujah" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulcIvIQ8LkE
2010 Art on Ice - Anastacia & Sasha Cohen ("Sick and Tired") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vF_tYZlpZg
2010 Kaleidoscope - "Nobody Knows" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EounOApGvY8
2009 Improv ice - "You Belong with Me" by Taylor Swift - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNh_b5iGa2c
2009 Stars on Ice Japan tour - "Angels in America" by Thomas Newman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SztrWMEYamk
2009 Stars on Ice - "Please don't stop the music" by Pat Deville - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnjIZqoTke4
2009 Stars on Ice "Moonlight Sonata" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yIJ6eZM-FA
2009 Hyundai Card Super Match & Super Class On Ice - "Moonlight Sonata" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGL2qmtHXgg
2008 Golden Skate Awards - "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera + encore - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fMXSqyq6cE
2008 Stars on Ice - exhibition number without skates to "Enchantment" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKrZg3O01X4
2008 Stars on Ice in Tokyo - "Imagine" by Avril Lavigne - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbFxYOWAD_c
2008 Skating for Life show - "Imagine" by Avril Lavigne - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR6Xagl3RXI
2007 Holiday Celebration on Ice - "Christmas Song" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHWZwhSr9Bg
2007 Marshalls Showcase - "Imagine" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q78KVZYaA8s
2007 Marshalls Showcase - "God Bless America" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EqN-sSvKqs
2003 Pandora Love on Ice - "Could It Be Magic" by Barry Manilow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHzhNOlGK-E
2000 Improv-Ice - "Invocation" by Andrew Lloyd Webber - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4bvoaJcI80
2000 Champions on Ice = "Anytime, Anywhere" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLit19z951k
(?) "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87sdfiRTXXU

Interviews, Articles and Other Media
14 November 2018 - The Weight of Gold│Mental Health & Young Americans: Breakdown or Breakthrough? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvaS1eN7Fdw
21 February 2018 - Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen On Life After The Olympics | CNBC - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYDa1bKv19w
19 February 2018 - Defence Flash News: TeamUSAFest Sasha Cohen Interview, South Korea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Wv5a3HJaM
18 February 2018 - "The Science of Quadruple Jumps, with Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen" by Playing with Science: The Science of Sports - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4eO7Pxjwxc
26 October 2017 - Mr. Media Interviews By Bob Andelman - Sasha Cohen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwbV3B8_Iao
19 October 2016 - Sasha Cohen Offers A View Into Her Life And Figure Skating Career| BUILD Series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdMsTLXAuSo
12 May 2016 - David Wilson on Sasha Cohen by Golden Skate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNI6lBUIHqY
12 April 2016 - TSL Talks to Sasha Cohen at the 2016 FSH's Skating with the Stars Gala - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0QVhqVYZ-0
11 February 2014 - Olympic Skater Sasha Cohen Wins Gold at NYFW Red Dress Fashion Show! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIVNQ1Wp9xE
12 July 2013 - Sasha Cohen on Skating, the Olympic Village, and College Life (The Halfy Hour) by SB Nation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEywqFdX6P4
19 April 2013 - "Sasha Cohen" by Jake Sumner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmLjWkvAwc0
25 November 2012 - Sasha Cohen - Healthy Living Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGZmLg816Rk
25 November 2012 - Sasha Cohen - Healthy Living Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGxAm9Tstg
26 November 2012 - Sasha Cohen - Heathy Living Part 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gs_TXuTolI
30 November 2012 - Sasha Cohen - Healthy Living Part 2 and 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn54HnriLSw
16 October 2012 - Ice Skating with Sasha Cohen by ICON Network - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcNH1ejn-7c
7 September 2012 - Get to Know Olympian Sasha Cohen by ICON Network - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vr9empiLkg
16 February 2011 - "How to Figure Skate with Sasha Cohen" by John Weisbarth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUZeChLyPPg
2009 - Sasha Cohen 2009 TS skate and interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V74MrlgRi9s
18 January 2007 - Skater Sasha Cohen talks with Jim Clash - Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttb-wNALh9c
12 July 2007 - Skater Sasha Cohen talks with Jim Clash - Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf9S_aQnyN8
2006 - Interview with Bob Costas after winning the silver medal in Torino - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-H7crxROeU
 
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Has anyone else noticed that Sasha's Site is finally back in a big way???

For a long time, even the domain name SashaCohen.com was gone (this happened after her page stopped being updated following the 2006 Olympics). Then it was back up for some time this year and she's got it back up, completely redesigned and promoting new skates and snap socks! ...as you can tell ]I am a bit of a fan. Just a bit. ;)

It looks like she is taking it one day at a time and working on some great things. Then too she had that awesome US Championship performance. It gives me hope! To this day I wonder what would have happened if she didn't have that groin injury at the Turin Olympics... Maybe one day... In spite of her odd tendency to "fall off the beam" :confused: she is the only skater that takes my breath away--it is so obvious she aspires for perfection, and I hope she can reach that goal. :)
 
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I am a big Sasha fan, too. I think we were lucky to have her in skating. (I'm not speaking as an American but as someone who loves good skating wherever it shows up.) I don't think she has anything to regret with her silver medal, though of course it would have been amazing for her to get the OGM. Her skating had weaknesses, of course, but her strengths outweighed them. I'm glad she remained in skating as a pro, though I'm equally glad she's pursuing an education. Let's see what happens next!
 

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Sasha was simply exquisite at moments. I loved to see the jumps with pointed toes. Glad to see a Sasha thread. I often wonder if she had been a great competitor, or even half the fighter that Kwan was, would we all have been saying Michelle who? IMO, Sasha was unable to deal with the huge following MK had amassed by the time Sasha came along. Peggy has said that nothing intimidated Tara. And clearly one could see Tara was far beyond her 14 years when she exoloded on the scene. She looked like a novice but had a very adult view of how to win. Sarah clearly was taught she could conquer the world. At least skating. Oddly, it seems Sarah has not gone after the degrees or career I thought she would. I always wished both girls had stayed in after Oly gold. Sarah did of course one more season, but she was out of shape and also, the judges I feel underscored her.

Sasha, when you watch her 2002 Oly SP was wonderful. I strongly sensed she was very intimidated by the very loud support MK always got at Skate America and Nationals. She was clearly plagued with doubts when she skated and she did not ever display the confidence/ killer instict I saw with Tara and Sarah. They clearly believed in themselves and felt they could beat Michelle and Irina. I hate to see such talent go pro so fast. It would have made FS far more interesting, especially nationals.

Sasha has gotten very stale for me in recent years with uninteresting programs with only her signature spirals/spins. Now we have several little Russian clones who marvel with her flexibility and the moves she made famous. Still, her competitive programs were beautiful. Sadly her falls marred what would have likely been many gold medal skates. It goes to show how rare folks like Witt and Kwan were. Irina was another who sometimes let her confidence force mistakes. I wish we had two or three great American ladies duking it out! I wonder if Ashley/Gold could turn into such a match? It would be glrious to see real confidence from these two. I think Gao could be a third. She has got confidence now to match the package.

Sasha was the prototype for the gumby skater. Clearly Mao must have been a Sasha fan...anyone know if she ever said something like that? I know she idolized Midori's jumps but she skates like Sasha. When I first saw her I felt she was a young Sasha who could land the jumps.

Sasha Cohen will always be loved for exquisite moments. But she left us frustrated after 'konsistent kwan.' At least I was always feeling that.
 

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Alexandra Cohen: Olympic Silver Medalist

News to me: "Alex is leaning towards a major in political science, a shift from her previous choice of financial economics, although she readily admits that it may change."

(And by the way, in case any fans missed this Cohen thread in The Edge:
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sh...en-speaking-at-Explorers-Club-in-NYC-on-Apr-5)
 

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^Thank you! Always nice to hear from Sasha!
 
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Very nice to hear about Sasha! I'm glad she's enjoying the college experience and exploring different subjects. She spent most of her childhood and adolescence concentrating on skating. Now she's opening her mind and letting everything in. This is exactly what she should be doing. I hope we keep getting messages about her.
 

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Happy for the success of Sasha, She began skating when she was seven years old. The first time she went skating with a friend. Before she was a figure skater, she was a serious gymnast. She didn't become totally committed to figure skating until she was ten. She become master when she was eleven.
 
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Clearly Mao must have been a Sasha fan...anyone know if she ever said something like that? I know she idolized Midori's jumps but she skates like Sasha. When I first saw her I felt she was a young Sasha who could land the jumps.

I remember there was a very early article where she mentioned being a fan of Sasha. She also said she was inspired by Tara's Olympic performance. Interesting, how Yuna was inspired by Michelle and Mao was inspired by Michelle's rivals. :)
 

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I miss Sasha. I was so disappointed when I came downstairs the night of the LP at Nationals and realized she'd missed the Olympic Team. I had to record it because of something that was going on that night and I was so sure she'd make it.

One of the things I was thinking about recently was I'm surprised she never did a routine to the Rose Adiago from Sleeping Beauty. Ballet music always seemed to be her trademark - she did Carmen, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Romeo & Juliet. It feels kind of "wrong" that she missed Sleeping Beauty but maybe it's just because I've been reading some ballet memoirs lately and started thinking of them as a set.
 

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Thanks. Love the part about her mom soaking her skates in vodka to break them in!! She was the first figure skater that I felt drawn to. :love:
 
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