USA's podium absence won't last long

Updated: February 26, 2010, 10:48 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It's like the Yankees not reaching the playoffs, North Carolina not making the NCAA tournament, Meryl Streep not getting an Academy Award nomination.

From Peggy Fleming to Sasha Cohen, from Dorothy Hamill's wedge to Michelle Kwan's grace, and from the "Dueling Carmens" to the hired crowbar, the U.S. women always medaled in figure skating, even when they weren't yet women -- Tara Lipinski was 15 when she won the gold at Nagano in 1998.

But ...

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