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Jan 29, 2011 11:32 PM by Jordan Mason

Czisny, Yankowskas-Coughlin win US titles; Flatt takes 2nd

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Alissa Czisny has won her second title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, skating the performance of a lifetime Saturday night to upstage fellow previous champions Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu.

The title is redemption for Czisny, who knocked herself out of the running for Vancouver with a dismal short program last year, an experience she called a "heartbreak." But there was no
disappointment this time, only triumph.

And a little satisfaction, too. With the top three beginning the night separated only by a point, Czisny won in a landslide. She finished with 191.24 points, almost eight ahead of defending champ Flatt of the Broadmoor Skating Club. Nagasu was third with 177.26.

Earlier Saturday, Caitlin Yankowskas, of the Colorado Springs' Broadmoor Skating Club, and John Coughlin won their first pairs title. In dance, Olympic and world silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their third straight crown.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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