Sasha Cohen says women's figure skating medals for U.S. unlikely

Sasha Cohen is a two-time U.S. Olympian and a one-time silver medalist in women's figure skating, so her opinion on who will win gold in Vancouver is a valid one. She told People magazine that the U.S. women won't bring any medals home.

"The U.S. girls are young and haven't competed as much internationally, so they're kind of hit or miss," Cohen says. "They're good skaters, they're just not at the same level as the international girls."

That statement isn't out of step with most figure skating pundits, who predict the medals will go to South Korean Yu-Na Kim or to Japanese skaters Miki Ando, Mao Asada or Akiko Suzuki.

But Cohen recently lost out on her bid to compete in her third straight Olympics. She lost to Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu, the two skaters she is calling too inexperienced to win any medals.

Though it reeks of sour grapes, I'd give Cohen a break on this one. She is correct about Flatt and Nagasu's inexperience. Flatt started senior-level skating just last season and is still a full-time high school student, while Nagasu has had severe ups and downs in her short career.

In comparison, Yu-Na Kim has won three Grand Prix finals and medaled in two World Championships. She is a star in South Korea, and is used to the spotlight that the Olympics will bring.

Cohen is now settling into the role that many former skaters take on – that of an elder statesman of the sport. Her comments aren't a dig at the women who just beat her; they're just the truth.

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