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Vanessa Lam has withdrawn from 2013 U.S. Nationals due to injury

Posted by unseenskaters on January 19, 2013

Note: This is taken from a press release that was submitted to Unseen Skaters Online today.

(1/19/2013)- Vanessa Lam, 2-time Pacific Coast Senior Ladies Champion, winner of 3 ISU Junior Grand Prix medals (2 Gold), 2012 U.S. Junior World Team member, announced today she has withdrawn from the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, January 20-27 in Omaha, Nebraska due to injury.

The injury to her knee and hip was sustained in a training session fall shortly after her win at the Pacific Coast Sectionals. Vanessa was evaluated at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, one of the finest Sports Medicine facilities in the world. She has been undergoing intensive physical therapy and rehabilitation while continuing to train on a limited basis. Although it is not a serious injury, it has greatly affected her training time. Vanessa and her coaches, Doug Chapman and Dianne DeLeeuw, feel she will not be able to compete at 100%.

“I am very disappointed and saddened that I will not be able to compete in this season’s Championship, but will continue to train vigorously for next season. Unfortunately I need a few more weeks to regain Championship form.”

Editor’s Note: Lam placed fourth at the Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France in August 2012, and had the highest Regional and Sectional Championship total score among the Senior Ladies that competed this fall (177.73, Pacific Coast Sectional, 1st; 168.05, Southwest Pacific Regional, 1st). Her previous U.S. Nationals placements in Senior Ladies were 9th (2012) and 7th (2011).

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