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U.S. duo a combo of athleticism, artistry

Updated: January 24, 2010, 4:03 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

SPOKANE, Wash. -- If anyone proved you could be both a sweetheart and a champion, it was Dorothy Hamill. That made her the perfect companion for Rachael Flatt on the bus ride to the arena where Flatt was about to spend the most intense four minutes of her life.

Not that she was entirely Zen.

"I think she was more nervous for me than I was," Flatt said with her trademark low giggle.

The 1976 Olympic gold medalist has been mentoring Flatt for the past ...

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