Shash Cohen Withdraws from First Figure Skating Grand Prix Event

(10/9/09) - Sasha Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, three-time World medalist and six-time U.S. medalist, announced today she will not compete at the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard, the first event in the 2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, because of an injury.

After consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, Cohen was diagnosed with tendonitis in her right calf.

“I have been advised to limit my training for the next few weeks,” Cohen said. “My pain is subsiding, but I have not been able to fully train for Trophée Bompard.”

Cohen says she is confident that she will be ready to compete at 2009 Skate America, Nov. 12-15 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kimmie Meissner withdre from all her Grand Prix assignements earlier this week. Sasha has only withdrawn from the first event she was assigned to. Sasha said she’s confident she will be ready for Skate America, Nov. 12-15 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"I was looking forward to competing in Paris, and I'm sorry I won't be there," Cohen said. "However, I'm still excited about the rest of the season and am looking forward to competing in Lake Placid."

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.

Now down to only one GP event is will be difficult for Sasha to find a place inthe Grand Prix Final in Tokyo. There are six Grand Prix events leading up to the finals. After the first six events are complete, the six skaters/teams with the most points will advance to the Grand Prix Final. More on the Figure Skating Grand Prix

The Figure Skating Grand Prix and US Nationals early next year are both an important competion series because the Grand Prix Final in Tokyo is part of the selection proces for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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