Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Ice Princess Edition): Sasha Cohen

the SCohen_Pic04     At this point, it should come as no surprise that an Olympic athlete, even the most ‘wholesome’ ones, would have a tattoo.  However, the tattoos they usually have are related to their Olympic experience.  Usually, they are in the form of the Olympic Rings or some other Olympic symbol.  Figure skating princess, Sasha Cohen, has body art, but not of the Olympic variety.

SCohen_Pic06      The perpetually youthful-looking, California-born Sasha Cohen is best known for winning the silver medal in women’s figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.  Sasha was one of the favorites for the gold entering 2006 Games.  Indeed, she was in the lead after the short program.  However, a ‘lights out’ performance by Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa in the free skate relegated Sasha to the silver.

SCohen_Pic05      Sasha had already been a major player on the world figure skating scene before her silver performance in 2006.  In 2000, while still a member of the juniors program, Sasha competed in the 2000 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  In a breakthrough performance, she finished second to long-time star Michelle Kwan.  The oddness of the skating’s age qualifications prevented her from getting an automatic berth in the World Seniors Championships, unless she medaled at the World Juniors, as well.  She finished 6th.

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    She came back from that, and a back injury in 2001, to make the 2002 U.S. Olympic team.  She nearly medaled there before finishing in 4th place.  After the 2006 Games, Sasha followed the path of many other successful skaters and toured with the “Champions on Ice” tour, all while keeping her Olympic eligibility with an eye towards the 2010 Games.  A fourth place finish at the U.S. Championships ended that dream, however.

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     Athletics have been a major part of Sasha’s life from her earliest days, when she was a child gymnast.  At 7, she switched to figure skating and went ‘all in’ when she turned 11.  One of her earliest coaches was Victor Yelchin, the father of actor Anton Yelchin (Chekov, from the new “Star Trek” films); and, one of her choreographers is Russian skating legend, Ekaterina Gordeeva.  Sasha has also dabbled in acting with a few roles on television and in film.  It will be interesting to see how that develops in her post-skating career.

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     Sasha’s one tattoo is a cute little Infinity symbol on her left wrist.

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You can find out more about Sasha on her official website:  http://www.sashacohen.com/

You can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/SashaCohenNYC

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