They made him get out on the ice to Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" and express his feelings about the woman who introduced him to skating, combed his hair backstage during his childhood and stood by his side throughout his career until she died last Feb. In the months after her death, neither Coughlin, 25, nor Caitlin Yankowskas, 20, dared to imagine that the emotional tribute would help them win their first U. title, as it did Saturday afternoon at packed Greensboro Coliseum.
Yankowskas simply hoped it would get Coughlin back on his feet. But after taking the lead in Thursday's short program at the U. Figure Skating Championships, the couple unveiled the piece that began as therapy but had evolved into something powerful enough to move an entire arena.
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What I wanted to do was go out and clown around and not acknowledge what happened, but that would have caught up with me at some point. She was a constant presence at the rink and, he said, "my best friend in skating." Coughlin and Yankowskas, who are coached by Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra, will take the program to the world championships in March in Tokyo.
He and Yankowskas received the top marks for execution, choreography and interpretation. I kind of look like a linebacker on the ice sometimes; I know that.
They reveled in a long and loud ovation from the crowd; Coughlin's father sat above, red-eyed and clapping. They kind of helped me take what I was feeling and put it on the ice." Coughlin's mother, Stacy Leigh Holmes, a Catholic, died in the middle of the night after a long battle with an undisclosed illness, but the last thing she told her son - he had rushed to her bedside after an international competition in South Korea - was to keep skating.
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But they made him do it, his partner and coach did.