January - U.S. Figure Skating Championships
The most anticipated Olympic lead-up event saw the return of the most recognizable U.S. figure skater, Sasha Cohen, who came out of a three-year retirement to try to make her third Olympic team. It was not to be for the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, who had an excellent short program but faltered in the free skate, falling from second to fourth. Due to the U.S. women's struggles at the 2009 world championships, the U.S. could only take two women to Vancouver -- national champion Rachael Flatt and runner-up Mirai Nagasu (top left). The teenage duo was joined by favored men Jeremy Abbott, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir (top right) in earning Olympic nods.