Sasha Cohen began gymnastics as a toddler but began figure skating at the age of seven. Cohen made her debut in figure skating in the United States in 2000, finishing second at the US Championships. She was ineligible for the World Championships that year, and she missed most of the 2001 season due to a spinal stress fracture. She finished second at the US Nationals and fourth at the Olympics in 2002.
Cohen was perhaps the best skater in the world in 2003, winning Skate Canada, the Eric Bompard Trophy, and the Grand Prix Final, and in 2004, she won Skate Canada, Skate America, and the Trophée Eric Bompard again. She struggled to put together a short and long program at big internationals, finishing fourth in 2003 and second in 2004. Cohen eventually broke through to win her first national title in 2006, and she was tipped to win a gold medal in the Torino Olympics. She held a slim lead after the Olympic short program, but finished second and received a silver medal.
Inspiring Talks by Sasha Cohen
- “It’s when you don’t win that you learn things about yourself. Everything I have gone through has made me who I am today.”
- “Life is tough, get a helmet.”
- “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten.”
- “Follow your dreams, work hard, practice, and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercises and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
- “My family has always been there to support me along the way. My coach, John Nicks, is a great influence.”
- “I’m a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.”
- “Skating has always been a major area of interest to me.”
- “I want to be the first lady to land a quadruple jump in competition. As I grow older, I know that my skating style will develop and mature.”
- “The Olympics is about showing what you’ve done with your life, your dream as an athlete, and sharing that with the world.”
- “People should have their rights to be who they want to be and love who they want to love.”