Alissa Czisny

January 30, 2011 by Post Team 

Alissa Czisny, (AP) – Alissa Czisny knew what people thought of her. Fragile. Inconsistent. Cannot handle the pressure. A disappointment. Now there is one word to describe her: she has finally proved champion. Czisny the courage to match her considerable talent by winning her second title at the U.S. Championships figure skating on Saturday night to remain calm while Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu wilted under the pressure.

“It certainly means more to me,” said Czisny. “The first is always the first. But to win with two good performances in the latter a soft lot. In addition, to be able to come back after what happened last year to start fresh in as a skater, has just confirmed that I made the right choice. ”

His final score of 191.24 points was better than almost eight Flatt, surprising given the three champions began the previous night separated by only one point, the equivalent of a delicate landing.

Flatt, the reigning champion, scored 183.38, while Nagasu was a distant – and disappointing – third at 177.26.

Earlier Saturday, Yankowskas Caitlin and John Coughlin won her first title in hand with what could be the most powerful performance of the entire competition. Their angelic “Ave Maria” is a tribute to Coughlin’s mother, Stacy, who got him started skating and died in February.

“I told myself no matter what we did today, to go on the ice and run this program would be a happy moment for me,” said Coughlin, who buried her face in her hands Yankowskas ” when they finished.

In addition, the Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, easily won her third title of dance right to lead a 1-2-3 sweep by their rink in Canton, Michigan Davis and White only losses Over the last two seasons are Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, but their torrid tango served notice they intend to end the U.S. oh-fer top of the podium in world dance.

Nobody ever questioned Czisny of athleticism, beauty and elegance. Her head, however, was a different matter.

After winning the title in 2009, it flopped at the World Championships, helping the Americans cost a third place finish at the Olympics in Vancouver. She was out of the race for Vancouver after a lackluster performance in the short program, an experience she called a “tear” earlier this week.

But she’s gone through intense introspection since then, leaving him a stronger person and skater. She also changed coaches, training now and 1994 world champion Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen her husband, and she blossomed with their support.

“It is difficult to say something because that’s all,” said Czisny. “But the first thing is they believed in me, and I was at a point where many no doubt believed in me too.”

This was the signature performance of her career to date, showing all brands of elegance and more than a little courage. She had to fight hard to save her landing on a triple loop, and the rest of her jumps – six triples, three of which were in combination – have been flawless. Skating George Winston “winter to spring,” she looked at once delicate and powerful.

His edge quality is first class; its layers could be sold as artwork. Her spirals were exquisite, prompting oh and ah Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen used to hearing.

When her scores were posted, Czisny eyes widened and her mouth agape.

Although Czisny would never say out loud, it may well have considered the younger of her two challengers and said, “Go ahead, top this. I dare you. ”

Neither could.

Flatt performance was, well, flat. Looking as if she tried to play it safe instead of attacking as usual, the landing of her triple-toe-double axel combo was fragile and she was then watered down a triple lutz into a double set. She was nowhere near her usual speed, either.

“It certainly was not my best,” said Flatt. “I accomplished what I had here to make sure I could spend the rest of my season.”

Nagasu is extremely talented and has the potential to be the kind of breakout star of U.S. Figure Skating has been craved Kwan and Cohen was hooked. But 17 years did not quite trust her in others, and these concerns tend to emerge at the most inopportune moment.

As Saturday.

His slides were squirming as she entered her first jump, a triple lutz-double toe loop, and its program was almost one-dimensional, it is shown so little of her usual personality.

“The thing I’m most disappointed that I could not get the audience on their feet. I just let my nerves get the better of me,” Nagasu said. “As a skater, I learned a lot. Sometimes it is not always the day. But it’s not like my career is over. I’ll take the bronze medal and run away. ”

Nagasu has lost the title when she left the landing of her Ina Bauer into a double axel, and has lost her place on the world team when she was two feet of the landing of the drop in death and about stopped spinning.

The U.S. women have only two points for a third consecutive year.

Nagasu looked downcast pending her notes and seemed to be fighting back tears when she heard the gulf that lay between her and Czisny.

“I’m really disappointed I did not get to go to worlds. It is in Japan, and that’s where the rest of my family, “said Nagasu, whose parents were Japanese immigrants. “Sometimes things are not meant to be.”

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