Cohen needs to get it together

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

Take the first half of Sasha Cohen's qualifying program last night and the second half of the Olympics free skate, put 'em together and she has one smokin' program.

"If I could put that on video and send it in every time, it would work out," the U.S. national champion said, slapping her hands together and laughing.

Cohen earned silver at the Winter Games in Turin, nailing her short program but struggling through her free skate's opening jumps, a triple Lutz-double toe-double toe combo and a triple flip.

Last night, in qualifying for the world figure skating championships at the 'Dome, she nailed the jumps.

But the program, Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota, started to unravel on the next jumps. She fell on the triple flip-double toe, stumbled out of a triple toe and couldn't complete the triple Salchow combination and then crashed on a triple Salchow.

"It was a little odd out there," she said, shrugging her shoulders. "Not what I wanted but it's the beginning of the week and I have two more performances to go. Just forget about it and start again (tomorrow)."

Cohen was third in the B qualifying group, netting 110.36 points, well below her personal-best 130.89.

Vancouver's Mira Leung skated a personal-best 99.06 in her Terracotta Warriors program for fourth in the group.

Fumie Suguri of Japan had last night's top score at 113.88 and American Kimmie Meissner was second at 113.84.


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