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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Olympic ice dancing medalists Tanith Belbin and Charlie White were married over the weekend.
Belbin captured 2006 Olympic ice dance silver with partner Ben Agosto. White, with partner Meryl Davis, earned silver in 2010 and gold in 2014.
They announced their engagement in June.
White was asked about the wedding plans last week by Olympic silver medalist fencer Tim Morehouse at the Sullivan Award ceremony in New York.
“We’re actually going to transport everyone to a local ice rink,” White joked. “We have a 45-minute dance that we’re going to cover … no, no, we just want to have a good time at our wedding. That’s the biggest thing. It’s not a performance for us.”
Austrian skiers Marlies Schild and Benjamin Raich also reportedly had their wedding over the weekend.
Belbin, White, Schild and Raich have combined to earn 37 Olympic and World Championships medals during their careers.
Olympic ice dancing champion Charlie White appears to have successfully proposed to girlfriend and Olympic silver medalist Tanith Belbin in Hawaii.
White and Belbin have long been a couple and have known each other going back to Belbin’s competitive days. Belbin and ice dancing partner Ben Agosto won five straight U.S. titles starting in 2004 before Meryl Davis and White won six straight through last season.
Davis and White won’t be making it seven straight, though, as they are taking next year off.
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