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Lysacek, Cohen lead five-member U.S. HOF class

Trailblazing ice dancers Belbin and Agosto, coach Lussi also elected
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Two of the sport's biggest stars during the 2000s, Evan Lysacek and Sasha Cohen will go into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame together. -Getty Images

Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, 2006 Olympic silver medalists Sasha Cohen and ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, and coach Gustave F. Lussi make up the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The induction will take place Friday, Jan. 22, at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

"The U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is among the most memorable in recent history," said Larry Mondschein, the hall's nominating committee chair. "Evan Lysacek demonstrated an exceptional level of skill, effortless movements and pure determination. Sasha Cohen expressed sheer artistry, beauty and movement in her skating. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto epitomized extraordinary elegance, musicality and unison. And Gustave Lussi transformed figure skating like no other coach in the history of the sport."

Lysacek become the first U.S. man to be crowned Olympic champion in 22 years (Brian Boitano) when he captured the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Lysacek won 11 major titles, including a world championship (2009), two U.S. championships (2007, '08), the Grand Prix Final (2009) and two Four Continents Championships (2005, '07). Upon his induction, Lysacek will join his coach, Frank Carroll, and choreographer, Lori Nichol, in the U.S. Hall of Fame.

Cohen's crowning achievement came at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where she earned the silver medal. She is a three-time world medalist (two silvers, one bronze), the 2002 Grand Prix Final champion and the 2006 U.S. champion. Entering the 2015-16 season, Cohen still held top-five scores in U.S. competition for the short program (69.63, 2010 U.S. Championships) and free skate (134.03, 2006 U.S. Championships). She is the last U.S. lady to earn an Olympic medal.

In addition to earning the silver at the 2006 Olympics, Belbin and Agosto are four-time world medalists (two silvers, two bronzes), three-time Grand Prix Final medalists and winners of five consecutive U.S. titles. From 2005 until the 2010 Olympics, the team finished on the podium at 26 of 27 events.

Lussi is most noted for being the coach of Dick Button, the only U.S. figure skater to win two Olympic gold medals (1948, '52). As a student of Lussi's during his entire amateur career, Button won two Olympic gold medals, five world titles, three North American crowns and the European Championships. Lussi also coached U.S. Olympic champions Hayes Jenkins, David Jenkins and Dorothy Hamill at various stages of their careers.