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Evan Lysacek, more Olympic medalists make U.S. Figure Skating HOF

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and contemporaries Sasha Cohen, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto have made the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Lysacek won the men’s gold medal in 2010 in Vancouver. Cohen was a silver medalist at the Torino 2006 Winter Games, when Belbin and Agosto made a breakthrough in ice dance to also take silver.

The fourth member of the Class of 2016 is Gustave Lussi, who coached four U.S. Olympic champions.

Inductions will be held Jan. 22 at the U.S. Championships in St. Paul, Minn.

Lysacek became the first American men’s Olympic champion since Brian Boitano in 1988. In all, he won 11 major titles, including a World championship (2009) and two U.S. championships (2007, ’08). He will join his coach, Frank Carroll, and choreographer, Lori Nichol, in the Hall of Fame.

Cohen was the 2006 U.S. champion and is the last American woman to medal at an Olympics.

Belbin and Agosto are four-time World medalists (silver 2004, ’09; bronze 2006, ’07), and won five consecutive U.S. titles.

Lussi’s most noted student was Dick Button, the only U.S. figure skater to win two Olympic titles (1948, ’52). Lussi went on to coach U.S. Olympic champions Hayes Jenkins, David Jenkins and Dorothy Hamill at various stages of their careers.

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