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U.S. pairs champions face uphill battle

Updated: April 28, 2011, 3:21 PM ET
By Christian Camozzi

To name the last American pairs figure skating team to win the world championships, you have to go back more than three decades to 1979, when Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner claimed the title in Vienna. Today, the top-five ranked teams in the world include two Chinese teams, two Russian teams and one German team. There is not a U.S. pair in sight.

Trying to answer the question, "Where have all the U.S. pairs teams gone?" is a delicate matter, but reigning U.S. pairs champions John Coughlin ...

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