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Cohen to skate last in Tuesday's short program

Published Feb. 22, 2006

Olympic favorite Irina Slutskaya will skate 18th among 29 women for Tuesday night's short program.

American champion Sasha Cohen skates last, after Italy's Carolina Kostner. Kimmie Meissner drew the second spot in the draw, and U.S. teammate Emily Hughes will skate 15th. Japan's Miki Ando, the 2004 junior world champion, drew the 14th spot, former world champion Shizuka Arakawa will go 21st and Fumie Suguri skates 27th.

Slutskaya, the world champion, arrived Saturday, and practiced on the Olympic ice for the first time Sunday afternoon.

She did only bits and pieces of her long program, mostly the spins and the spirals, and did one triple toe loop jump.

Slutskaya and Hughes will wear dresses designed by Tonia Bass in New York.

"She said, "Oh, you're going to Torino, can you take Irina's dress?' " Hughes said Sunday.

"I haven't touched it!" she added, laughing.

BELIEVE IT, MON!: A former Jamaican bobsledder is now an Olympic medalist. Lascelles Brown, who pushed sleds for Jamaica from 1999 until 2004, helped Canada win a silver medal in two-man bobsledding - only about a month after he obtained citizenship and earned the right to represent his new homeland.

Brown is the second black bobsled medalist in Winter Olympic history; another brakeman, Vonetta Flowers of the United States, won a gold medal in the women's event four years ago.

QUICK HITS: The Czech Republic fired cross-country coach Kvetoslav Zalcik after he inadvertently submitted the wrong name for the final leg of the men's 4x10K relay race. Heavy snow and dense fog Sunday forced a one-day postponement of the women's super-G.