date published: April 9, 2007

5 questions with...

Sasha Cohen
by Josh B. Wardrop

Just 22 years old, Sasha Cohen has earned a slew of awards for her exquisite figure skating—including a U.S. Figure Skating Championship gold medal and an Olympic silver medal. Currently on hiatus from pro competition, Cohen is exploring a career in acting, but laces up her skates again for the 29th annual Champions On Ice, arriving in Boston on April 22.

Q: This is your seventh Champions on Ice. What keeps you coming back?
I love the people—it’s great to have the chance to train with your friends and your competitors. I get to see friends like Rudy Galindo and Johnny Weir. The travel is sometimes rough, but it’s always exciting to perform.

Q: How’s Hollywood treating you?
I’m having a great time. I did an indie film recently [Moondance Alexander] where I play a mean girl, which was lots of fun. I just wrapped the film Bratz, and I’m taking classes and going to auditions all the time. Acting is a real passion for me.

Q: You cameo as yourself in Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell. Does he have potential as a skater?
That was such a fun film to do. I think it’ll give the sport a big boost. As for Will…he’s hilarious, but it takes years to get comfortable on ice.

Q: Have you had the chance to spend much time in Boston before?
Absolutely—I’ve been to the North End, and done lots of shopping on Newbury Street. I don’t really quite get how Boston is laid out, but I really like the city!

Q: What do you feel you have left to achieve as a skater?
My goals have changed a bit. It used to always be that if I won an event…if I won Olympic gold, that it would define me. Now, I think more about enjoying the skating itself.