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SOCHI, Russia - Unlike when Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang made a major Olympic breakthrough for Asian men, Yuzuru Hanyu's historic gold medal for Japan in figure skating looks less a flash in the pan and more of a significant shift in his sport's center of gravity.
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HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois - The parents and extended family of suburban Chicago figure skater Jason Brown are used to traveling as a pack to cheer him on at international competitions.
SOCHI, Russia - Ashley Wagner, a self-described vicious competitor, concedes it will be a little strange to cheer on fellow American Gracie Gold.