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John Coughlin fights tragedy on ice

Updated: January 28, 2011, 8:03 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Of the multiple adjectives that come to mind when describing John Coughlin -- and yes, "pleasantly goofy" would be one of them -- the one that may fit best is actually "protective."

Could there be a more admirable description for the male half of a pairs figure skating team?

"On a lift, John would never let a girl fall," his mother, Stacy Coughlin, once said. "He'd take any injury to himself to keep her from getting hurt."

She always seemed ...

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