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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We looked at basically the Olympic selection criteria we’re dealing with … and we had a healthy discussion,” said Bob Horen, chairman of the International Committee that made the decision. “Based on her petition to us, Michelle has offered to have a monitoring session that we will conduct prior to the 27th of January … and we will determine whether she’s ready to compete.” If a five-member committee decides Kwan isn’t healthy or fit enough to skate, she could be replaced by either Hughes or Taylor. “I thought just standing on the podium at nationals was such a great feeling for me to be third,” Hughes, the little sister of 2002 Olympic champion Sarah, said before the decision was announced. Cohen didn’t need any help from the selection committee. She earned it all on her own with her very first national title. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. ST. LOUIS – Without ever putting her blades on the ice, Michelle Kwan made the U.S. figure skating team heading to the Turin Olympics – with conditions. While Sasha Cohen and Kimmie Meissner grabbed the other two slots with a 1-2 finish at the national championships Saturday night, Kwan will have to prove she’s fully recovered from a groin injury and capable of competing before she gets final clearance. ST. LOUIS – For the first time since 1976, the United States will send three newcomers to figure skating’s biggest event: Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Matt Savoie. After winning his third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship men’s title, the 21-year-old Weir took notice. “It is odd to think back to the last Olympics and think it was Tim (Goebel) and Michael (Weiss) and Todd (Eldredge), and now none of them are here,” Weir said Saturday. “It’s a little weird and two of them are still skating.” Those two, Weiss and Goebel, faltered in the free skate, where Weir wasn’t a world-beater, either, finishing third. But he won the short program and was good enough to join long program winner Lysacek, 20, and the surprising Savoie, 25, on the Olympic squad. The champion automatically gets an Olympic spot. Lysacek and Savoie were selected by an international committee from U.S. Figure Skating. WENGEN, Switzerland – Daron Rahlves became the first American in more than a decade to win a downhill race on the Lauberhorn course. Rahlves finished in 2 minutes, 30.54 seconds. Michael Walchhofer, the reigning World Cup downhill champion, was .40 seconds behind. Bode Miller, who spent part of this week apologizing for comments he made about skiing “wasted,” finished 11th – 2.41 seconds back – after a couple of mistakes. BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria – Janica Kostelic won her first World Cup downhill, building her lead in the overall standings. Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished 18th and lost the lead in the World Cup downhill standings to Michaela Dorfmeister, who was third. The Austrian has 312 points to Kildow’s 287. PLAN DE CORONES, Italy – Jason Smith of the United States beat Switzerland’s Marco Hauser and American teammate Jayson Hale to win a World Cup snowboard cross race in northern Italy. Sandra Frei of Switzerland took the women’s cross event. VAL DI FIEMME, Italy – Tobias Angerer of Germany and Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won mass start World Cup cross-country races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kwan was picked after petitioning U.S. Figure Skating. And by a vote of 20-3, a selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye. That put Kwan on the team ahead of third-place finisher Emily Hughes, who was designated an alternate along with Katy Taylor. last_img read more