Name:
Sasha Cohen
Birth Date:
1984/10/26
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height:
5' 1''
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Won the Grand Prix Final (2003) and placed fourth overall at the 2003 World Championships
Profession:
Figure Skater, Actress
Education:
Futures High School in Mission Viejo (graduated with straight As in 2002)
BIOGRAPHY
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World Silver Medalist

Background:

"There is nothing more satisfying than getting off the ice and knowing you have become a better skater that day." Sasha Cohen

Starting out as a gymnast, Sasha Cohen began skating at the age of seven. She first rose to prominence in 2000 at the U.S. Women's National Championships. She finished second at the 2002 U.S. Championships and earned a ticket to the 2002 Olympics at Salt Lake City, where she finished fourth. In 2006, she won the U.S. Championships for the first time and went on to win a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. A regular contender in international competitions, Cohen is currently a World Silver Medalist.

This petite figure skater, who always performs an "I" spin towards the end of her program, branched out into acting and could be seen in the 2007 films "Blades of Glory," "Moondance Alexander," and "Bratz: The Movie." She has done commercials for Citizen Watch, Simply Saline, and Got Milk, and appeared on the TV shows "Las Vegas," "CSI: NY," "Project Runway," and "Secret Talents of the Stars."


Alexandra Pauline

Childhood and Family:

On October 26, 1984, Alexandra Pauline Cohen was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Roger Cohen, is a Jewish-American business consultant who once practiced law, and her mother, Galina Cohen, is a Jewish-Russian immigrant from Ukraine and a former ballerina. Alexandra was named after her mother's favorite ballerina and goes by the nickname Sasha, the Ukrainian nickname for Alexandra. She has a younger sister, Natalia (a.k.a. "Natasha"), who is an aspiring pianist who began college at Barnard College in August 2006.

Cohen, who understands and speaks some Russian, attended Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California and graduated with straight A’s from Futures High School in Mission Viejo, California, in 2002.

Cohen wears a Kabbalah red string bracelet.

“I'm not deeply into Kabbalah, but I appreciate the principles of it, to ward off evil and not think negative thoughts about people.” Sasha Cohen


Gymnast Turned Figure Skater

Career:

“For me, when I get to the venue and have the people and the audience, my performance boosts up. I skate at a much higher level. I'm one of those people that feel like I can feed off the energy and be better. I love to perform.” Sasha Cohen

Initially a competitive gymnast, Sasha Cohen turned to figure skating when she was 7. After spending thousands of hours training throughout the 1990s, she entered the top five while competing in the Southwest Pacific Regionals and Pacific Coast Sectionals. Later, in 1999, she placed first in both of the competitions. She also won the Gardena Winter Trophy and came in second at the U.S. Junior National Championship.

The new millennium saw Cohen rise to prominence in the skating community during the 2000 United States Figure Skating Championships, where she won the silver medal. Just up from juniors, Cohen qualified for the world team, but was too young for the World Figure Skating Championship.

Due to a back injury, Cohen did not compete at the 2001 Nationals. She returned the following year and took back her silver medal, which earned her a ticket to the Olympics. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cohen placed 4th.

After graduating from Futures High School with straight A’s in the summer of 2002, Cohen and her coach John Nicks left California for Simsbury, Connecticut, to train with Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova.

“I've stopped trying to be perfect. When I train, I'm not afraid to make a mistake. I train harder and make more mistakes, but I feel more prepared. I'm not holding back and becoming a better athlete.” Sasha Cohen

Cohen subsequently enjoyed her best season during 2003–2004, where she placed gold at three Grand Prix events, and silver at both the U.S. National Championships and the World Championships. The next year, she placed 2nd at the 2005 U.S. National Championships in Portland and the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. After falling in the ABC Winter Challenge, Cohen withdrew from the 2005 Grand Prix event due to a recurring back injury.

Following her withdrawal from Skate America because of a hip injury, Cohen took 2nd place at Trophée Eric Bompard and captured her first U.S. National Championship in 2006, which secured her place on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, she was in 1st after the short program, but finished with an Olympic silver medal. She was also in 1st place after the short program at the 2006 World Championships in Calgary, Canada, but placed fourth in free skate and won the bronze medal.

Post 2006 Olympics, Cohen started the Champions on Ice tour. She did not compete in the 2006-07 competitive season, although she did perform at exhibitions.

Cohen has not given up her Olympic eligibility and has announced she intends to compete in the 2010 season and at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She recently skated in the 2008 Stars on Ice Tour, the first in history to perform in Puerto Rico, and signed on to be a headliner in the 2007-08 Stars on Ice tour.

“It's when you don't win that you learn things about yourself. Everything I have gone through has made me who I am today.” Sasha Cohen

Meanwhile, Cohen has also branched out into acting and appeared on the NBC drama "Las Vegas," the television crime drama "CSI:NY," and "Project Runway," where designers were challenged to design a skating dress for her. She has also done commercials for Citizen Watch, Simply Saline, and Got Milk? She recently appeared on the short-lived CBS reality game show "Secret Talents of the Stars." On the big screen, she could be seen in the 2007 films "Blades of Glory," "Moondance Alexander," and "Bratz: The Movie."

Cohen has also written an autobiography titled “Fire on Ice: Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater” (2005).

"I'd like to cause a little riot in skating." Sasha Cohen


Awards:

  • United States National Figure Skating Champion, 2006

  • United States Ladies Figure Skating Champion, 2006

  • Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist, 2006

  • Olympic Silver Medalist, 2006

  • United States National Silver Medalist, 2005

  • World Silver Medalist, 2005

  • World Silver Medalist, 2004

  • United States National Silver Medalist, 2004

  • Grand Prix Final Champion, 2003

  • United States National Silver Medalist, 2003

  • United States National Silver Medalist, 2002

  • United States National Silver Medalist, 2000

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