With the Turin Olympics looming, five-time world champion Michelle Kwan appears to be recovering nicely from her hip injury.
Kwan won the women's competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Challenge in Boston yesterday.
Fans determined the winner by voting in the stands and via phone and Internet, and Kwan won overwhelmingly, earning 59 percent of the vote in the finals to beat fellow American Sasha Cohen.
It was Kwan's first performance since injuring her hip in October.
"I started jumping not too long ago, like two weeks ago. From not spinning, not jumping to performing, that was a big step for me," Kwan said.
Two-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir overcame a fall in his first program to win the men's competition. Weir earned 64 percent of the vote in the finals to beat Michael Weiss.
Weir landed three jumps in his final program and overwhelmed the crowd with his innovative spins.
* SPEEDSKATING: Enrico Fabris capped a successful weekend of speedskating for host Italy by winning a 1,500-meter World Cup race in Turin, with Chad Hedrick of the United States finishing third.
Fabris finished 1 minute 46.46 seconds ahead of Denny Morrison of Canada and Hedrick, the world record holder.
Joji Kato of Japan won the 500 in 35.29 seconds, ahead of Dmitry Dorofeyev of Russia. Jeremy Wotherspoon of Canada and Yu Fengtong of China tied for third.
In the women's 1,000, Anni Friesinger of Germany won in 1:16.30, followed by Cindy Klassen of Canada and Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States.
Friesinger's younger sister, Agnes Friesinger, was a member of the German squad that won the team pursuit in 3:04.22. Daniela Anschutz and Sabine Voelker were the other members of the team.
Canadians Kristina Groves, Clara Hughes and Christine Nesbitt finished second, 1.93 behind. Japan's Eriko Ishino, Hiromi Otsu and Maki Tabata finished third.
Meantime, Olympic organizers promise to address complaints about construction dust, dirty ice and changing conditions at the new speedskating oval.
The 28 teams that took part in the three-day World Cup event praised the look of the arena, but problems remain. The most pressing issue concerns lingering dust that has infiltrated the ice.
Officials were debating whether to melt the ice and create an entirely new surface, or cut it down by perhaps an inch and clean it.
A Japanese skater wore a face mask in training to avoid inhaling dust.
* SKIING: In Val d'Isere, France, Austria's Michael Walchhofer won for the second time in two days, capturing a World Cup super-combined event when Switzerland's Didier Defago was disqualified for using improper skis.
Austria's Rainer Schoenfelder was second, while World Cup champion Bode Miller finished third to extend his lead in the overall standings. Ted Ligety, Miller's U.S. teammate, was 10th.
The super-combined is split into a shortened downhill run of 1.83 miles, followed by a slalom. Defago was fourth after the downhill behind winner Erik Guay of Canada.
Walchhofer's combined time of 2:43.15 put him 0.17 of a second ahead of Schoenfelder and 0.41 ahead of Miller.
* BOBSLED: Martin Annen of Switzerland set the fastest times on both runs to defeat World Cup leader Alexandr Zoubkov of Russia in the four-man event in Igls, Austria.
The U.S. teams, led by Todd Hays and Steven Holcomb, finished fourth and seventh, respectively.
* BIATHLON: Germany won the men's 30-kilometer World Cup event in Hochfilzen, Austria, overtaking Russia on the last exchange.
Ricco Gross, Alexander Wolf, Sven Fischer and Michael Greis completed the course in 1:20:58 with only five shooting errors.
* SNOWBOARDING: Japan's Domu Narita won a World Cup halfpipe event in Whistler, British Columbia, beating countryman Fumiyuki Murakami by a half-point.
In the women's event, Japan's Soko Yamaoka won with 40.5.
* SKI JUMPING: Countryman Jakub Janda won a World Cup event, his third of the season, in Harrachov, Czech Republic.