Sasha Cohen out Emily Hughes in for Skate America
(11/09/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Sasha Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, three-time world medalist and six-time U.S. medalist, announced today she will not compete at 2009 Cancer.Net Skate America because of an injury.

"I have been battling this injury for a while," Cohen said. "After meeting with my orthopedic surgeon, it was determined that in order for me to fully recover, I should not compete this week." Cohen withdrew from her first Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series assignment, Trophée Eric Bompard, in early October after being diagnosed with tendonitis in her right calf. "I'm very disappointed I won't be able to compete in Lake Placid," Cohen said. "I've been going to physical therapy and training with every intention of being healthy and ready for this competition."

Cohen says she will continue her physical therapy and training, with the goal of competing at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash, Jan. 14-24, 2010.

Cohen announced in May her intention to return to competitive skating following a three-year absence. Her last competition was the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Canada, where she won the bronze. Cohen has been training in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., under the direction of Rafael Arutunian, a former coach of two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan. Hughes, who finished seventh at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, last competed at Skate America in 2007, when she finished fourth.
Replacing Cohen at the event is 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes. The 2006 Olympian last competed at Skate America in 2006, finishing fifth.

In the 2006-2007 season, Hughes won her first medal on the Grand Prix circuit, then moved up a place at Nationals, winning the silver medal. She competed at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships and placed ninth.

On January 19, 2009, Hughes announced her withdrawal from the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships due to an ankle injury. Later Hughes announced she would temporarily withdraw from Harvard in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.


There have not been any sectionals or nationals this year and Emily had one of the highest scores for Senior Ladies in all Regionals this year.

This placement will most likely grant Emily a bye for Nationals since Eastern Sectionals are the same week as Skate America.

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