UPDATE (1/14/13): Alissa Czisny has withdrawn from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. U.S. Figure Skating released a statement today about her injury, which was a dislocated left hip. She was treated at the hospital and will have further evaluation.
Injuries have plagued skaters this season, now just over a year until the 2014 Winter Olympics takes place next February. Less than two weeks before the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships begin, injuries have hit two of the main contenders.
WATCH: Czisny Fox Cities short program
WATCH: Czisny Fox Cities free skate
Czisny takes a tumble
Yesterday afternoon, two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny took a rough fall on a triple flip during a pre-Nationals performance of her free skate at the Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wisconsin. Details have not emerged as to the extent of her injury, but it looked to be a possibly serious injury, as she was unable to leave the ice by herself after the fall.
Czisny has been on the road to recovery since having surgery on her left hip over the summer. She was slated to return to competition in November for the NHK Trophy, but she withdrew to give herself more time to prepare. Her appearance at Fox Cities was a warmup leading up to Nationals. Further details on her injury and what it means for Nationals to come.
Korpi out of Europeans
Late last week, reigning European silver medalist Kiira Korpi announced that she will be unable to defend her silver medal due to inflammation of her left achilles tendon. After a strong Grand Prix series during the fall, she was coming into Europeans as one of the favorites for gold in the ladies' event this season.