The best of the 2010 U.S. Championships
Catch up on the highlights of the action in Spokane
|Sasha Cohen failed to qualify for her third Olympic team, but her presence was one of the prominent stories of the 2010 U.S. Championships. (Getty Images)|
One of the event's biggest storylines was the return to competition of reigning Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen. Cohen tasted success in her short program (WATCH VIDEO), placing second, but had a rough go of it in her free skate (READ MORE). Though she placed fourth overall, Cohen expressed no regrets about her comeback (VIEW PHOTOS).
Ultimately, the senior ladies event (READ MORE) belonged to Olympic nominees (WATCH VIDEO) Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu, who wowed with their respective free skates (VIEW PHOTOS), in which Flatt placed first and Nagasu finished third. The two teenagers will be headed to Vancouver in February for the Winter Games (READ MORE).
Jeremy Abbott defended his U.S. title (READ MORE) and will be one of three men, along with Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir, to represent the U.S. in the Olympics (READ MORE). The different styles of the three top men were on display (WATCH VIDEO) in Spokane, and each man hopes to claim a medal for the U.S. in Vancouver.
In a stunning turn of events, two-time defending U.S. Champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker failed to qualify for the Olympics after a disastrous short program (WATCH VIDEO) put them in a hole too great to overcome. That paved the way for Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett to win their first national title (READ MORE) and an Olympic berth. Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig won the silver and were excited about their Olympic nomination (WATCH VIDEO).
One standout moment was the battle between ice dance heavyweights (WATCH VIDEO) Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. Davis and White edged the older team for the title (READ MORE), winning all three dance events, but there should be plenty of drama still to come in Vancouver, as both teams qualified for the Olympics, along with Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates (WATCH VIDEO).