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After finding chemistry with a new coach, Sasha Cohen has a golden opportunity to end Michelle Kwan's domination of figure skating and start her own reign.
Since Cohen was 15 and started competing against senior-level skaters, she has been trying to unseat Kwan.
The five-time national champions NAOMI LANG and PETER TCHERNYSHEV withdrew earlier in the week because of an injury.
They are both clockwise skaters and only a small portion of skaters skate in that direction. After the long program, they dropped to third and missed out on making the US Olympic team by .66 points.
The highlight of her singles career was winning the bronze medal in the Junior level at the 2000 U. The team was brought together because Garrett was searching for a new partner, and he remembered Katie. Louis, MO they led the pack in Pairs after the short program.
But Kwan has gone merrily on, and at 23 her achievements include seven national championships (the last six in a row), five world championships and two Olympic medals.
At 19, Cohen has no national titles, no world titles and no Olympic medals, but huge promise.
'' I need time off to re-evaluate my body,'' he said.
In a statement earlier in the day, Goebel said that a doctor who examined him found ''distinct changes to my anatomical structure.'' JOHNNY WEIR, 19, is the leader entering Saturday's free skate. won their first United States pairs title Friday night.