| ||Monday, February 14|
|CLEVELAND -- Cancer survivor Scott Hamilton is out to help others beat the disease.
The 1984 Olympic figure skating champion unveiled a new initiative called C.A.R.E.S (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) on Wednesday. It is a program created to improve prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer; help in research and developing new strategies to improve quality of life for cancer survivors; and establish a mentorship program.
"That was her bent," Jandasek said. "She's very interested in providing assistance to aspiring student-athletes."Kwan studied with tutors in high school, but she wanted to attend college like any other teen-ager. So she cut down on her training and competition schedule, moved into the dorms and attends classes with the thousands of other UCLA students.
"I met other people, and I actually have friends outside of skating," she said. "What I'm saying to kids is, if you can handle (going to school) and it's possible, it's essential."
SLUTSKAYA'S TRIPLE-TRIPLE: On her way to beating Michelle Kwan in last month's Grand Prix final, Irina Slutskaya became the first woman to do a triple lutz-triple loop combination.Or did she? "I don't want to put anyone down, because we really feel Slutskaya deserved to win," said Frank Carroll, Kwan's coach. "But you should look at the triple lutz-triple loop on slow motion." Slutskaya cheated her triple lutz, Carroll said, not getting all the way around for the third revolution. "I don't think she has to cheat it, I've seen her do it in practice," he said. "I just think there she cheated it." But it wasn't that combination - or any of her other combinations - that beat Kwan, Carroll said. Slutskaya, second in the world in 1998, nearly quit skating last year when she failed to make the Russian team. But she came back to win the Russian title and is skating with a joy and spontaneity that's tough to beat, Carroll said. "There was a joie de vivre about that performance," he said. "She got that out of herself at the very last moment." It probably didn't hurt that Slutskaya knew she wouldn't finish any worse than second. Under the Grand Prix format, the top two finalists competed for first and second. So that means Slutskaya will be under more pressure at the world championships, right? Wrong, Carroll said. "After being out last year, from not being there to finishing at the top or sixth at worlds, who cares?" he said.
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