Olympic champ Yagudin tops Figure Skating Hall of Fame class

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) " Olympic champions Alexei Yagudin and Trixi Schuba and longtime coach Alexei Mishin headlined the latest class to be elected to the Figure Skating Hall of Fame on Monday.

Yagudin won four world championships and gold for Russia at the 2002 Winter Games before his career, and his long rivalry with countryman Evgeni Plushenko, was cut short by a congenital hip disorder.

Schuba won gold at the 1972 Winter Games for Austria, while Mishin's protgs have combined to win three Olympic gold medals, five world titles and nearly two dozen Russian championships.

Also elected were Chinese Olympic pairs champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo and longtime choreographer Sarah Kawahara of Canada, while posthumous inductees include Vivi-Ann Hulten of Sweden, Hans-Rudi Mauch of Switzerland, Werner Rittberger of Germany and Phyllis Wyatt Johnson and James Johnson of Britain.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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