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Denney-Barrett bring fun back to US pairs skating

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett weren't even skating together two years ago. Now they're U.S. champions. And on their way to the Olympics.

Denney and Barrett and training mates Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig will represent the United States at the Vancouver Olympics next month. Evora and Ladwig finished second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.

U.S. officials bypassed two-time national champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, but the decision was hardly a surprise. McLaughlin and Brubaker had two flawed programs and were fifth at nationals, while Evora and Ladwig delivered when it counted most.

2006 Olympians Rena Inoue and John Baldwin were third, and a case could be made that they should go because of their considerable international experience. But Baldwin dismissed that idea, saying the top two teams should go to Vancouver.

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