Jan 24, 2010 12:10 AM

Colorado Springs' Rachael Flatt wins U.S. Figure Skating Title

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Rachael Flatt of Colorado Springs has won her first national title and is likely on her way to the Vancouver Olympics. For Sasha Cohen, it's probably back to the shows.

Flatt's jam-packed program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships overpowered the rest of the field Saturday night. Her score of 200.11 was more than 10 points ahead of Mirai Nagasu - a monstrous margin. Though the Olympic team had yet to be announced, it's likely Flatt and Nagasu will be chosen. Ashley Wagner was third.

For Cohen, it was a disappointing finish to a comeback beset by challenges. Her free skate was sloppy and filled with errors, and her lovely look couldn't overcome that.

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