The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew - Jan. 22

Ladies are all the talk in Spokane

Novice man Tim Koleto with Sasha Cohen and 2010 junior ladies champion Agnes Zawadzki.
Novice man Tim Koleto with Sasha Cohen and 2010 junior ladies champion Agnes Zawadzki. (courtesy of Tim Koleto)


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By Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins, special to
(01/22/2010) - Drew had another early morning today, and was up at 5:00 a.m. to do the KHQ morning news show again. Since he has about a thousand other roommates, he had to get dressed in the dark. He somehow coordinated an outfit and made it down by 5:20 a.m., sans coffee. Just like last time, everyone was really sweet, and it was a lot of fun. We discussed the blog, of course, and Drew's very hectic award presentation ordeal last Monday. Afterward, it was back to bed!

Sasha Fierce
Ok. But. Last weekend the men and pairs were amazing, incredible, thrilling and heartbreaking, including some of the best performances ever given at a national championship.

And then Sasha Cohen showed up, and things got really exciting.

First, a quick shout-out to the junior ladies. We've been saying all year that Agnes Zawadzki would win, and so she did, big time. We'll go out on a limb here and say she's a future senior ladies champion, too. We were also excited for the silver medalist, Yasmin Siraj, whom we have been watching since she was a minuscule nine-year-old juvenile competitor. She gets better every year, and she's only 13!

We celebrated Agnes' win with her mother Jolanta over sushi, and then went down to the FanFest where Agnes and the other junior ladies and dance medalists signed autographs for fans. We asked Agnes how she felt, post win, and she said, "I'm just so happy to finally be done!"

Then she added, "I want to go to Nordstrom! They have so many shoes!"

A girl after our own hearts.

But back to the big event, the senior ladies short program Thursday night. There was doubt up to the end whether, when it came right down to it, Sasha would actually compete. She showed up ready to rumble, looking fierce and polished and like she never left. There was as much buzz amongst the skaters as there was in the audience and the media, too.

The arena was nearly full, and since many of the skaters have finished competing for the week, we all sat together in the nosebleed seats. While watching the ladies, we tried to guess their scores, but played with The Price is Right rules: if you guess over their score, you're out! John Coughlin kept asking "Anyone want one dollar? One dollar anyone?"

Ryan Bradleyseemed to be the winner, accurately nailing everyone's score.

By the way, if you were surprised at how high Christina Gao finished, we weren't. Read our January 20 blog if you want proof. And we were pretty sure Mirai Nagasu was going to be amazing too. We can't wait to see what happens in the free skate.

Sarah got a Flip camera for Christmas, and she carried it around in her pocket for the first week in Spokane. The "Inside Edge video blog" is posted, so have a look. We hope you like it.

We're off to watch the dance!

Sarah and Drew