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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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Catching up with Sasha Cohen

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Sasha Cohen‘s idea of retirement has been Ivy League school tag rugby, snap button socks and a Japanese game show.

Those are just a few of her highlights since her last figure skating competition four years ago. Cohen, who was fourth at the 2002 Olympics and won silver in 2006, has been a student at Columbia University in New York since 2011.

She’s 29 now and enjoying what she called the next phase of her life.

OlympicTalk recently caught up with Cohen to look back on her career and discuss her new endeavors.

OlympicTalk: Which skaters did you like to watch or compete against the most?

Cohen: I grew up skating with Yevgeny Plushenko and Aleksey Yagudin. I thought they had this amazing rivalry. I kind of came into the sport in that era of Nancy [Kerrigan] and Tonya [Harding] and this like golden era of skating, so it was very exciting.

I would say Michelle [Kwan] probably was the icon of that time that I skated with.

OlympicTalk: Which Olympic experience was cooler — 2002 or 2006?

Cohen: 2002, because it was new and in the U.S. I was younger. It was kind of all magical.

OlympicTalk: Where is your Olympic medal?

Cohen: My mom has it. It’s in my living room in California.

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OlympicTalk: What did you think of the skating in Sochi?

Cohen: It was phenomenal. It’s amazing to see every four years how much the sport progresses. I kind of fall by the wayside in between [Olympics], so to get to see it, I really loved it.

OlympicTalk: What are you doing now?

Cohen: I’m a junior at Columbia University, an international relations major. I’m minoring in business. I’m working at Morgan Stanley over the summer, just transitioning to a New York life. I’m also working with Robin Hood, a charity event as well as Figure Skating in Harlem. I’m enjoying New York and the next phase of my life.

OlympicTalk: You were on a Japanese game show recently?

Cohen: That was last summer. We had to like balance on these little columns that would be moving.

OlympicTalk: And if you fell?

Cohen: Just onto the floor. It didn’t hurt or anything. If you lose your balance, you get eliminated.

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Sasha Cohen meets Sacha Baron Cohen; Olympians at Golden Globes

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Many Olympians attended the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday night.

One even won an award — if you count Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto, who played Steve Prefontaine in the biopic “Prefontaine” in 1997.

Here’s a gallery of athletes dressed for success:

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