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Mix of old and new at figure skating nationals

Updated: January 23, 2013, 3:49 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson

Defending pairs champions John Coughlin and Caydee Denney are out. Anyone hoping to see Olympians Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek may be disappointed.

But the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb., could turn out to be the unofficial unveiling of teenager Gracie Gold. And with Coughlin and Denney sidelined by injury, Boston's Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are favored to go from fifth place at nationals the past two years to the top spot on the podium.

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