Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell Withdraw from State Farm U.S. Championships Due to Injury

Skating their compulsory dance at the U.S. Championships
Photo by Michelle Harvath

(12/9/04) — 2004 U.S. ice dancing bronze medalists Loren Galler-Rabinowitz & David Mitchell announced today their withdrawal from the 2005 State Farm U.S. Championships, Jan. 9-16 in Portland, Ore., due to a cartilage tear in Mitchell's left shoulder. He is planning on having surgery to repair the tear as soon as possible.

“This is a great disappointment for myself, Loren, and (our coach) Natalia (Dubova),” Mitchell said. “We have been working very hard to improve our skating, and we regret that this injury will prevent us from showcasing our talents this year at nationals. Loren and I will return to competition next season and look forward to competing for a spot on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team.”

Mitchell stated that for the past six to seven months he has experienced increasing pain in his left shoulder, limiting and eventually prohibiting his training with Galler-Rabinowitz. The duo began the season by placing ninth at Smart Ones Skate America and ninth at Skate Canada. After these events Mitchell was examined by Dr. Marc Pietropaoli of Skaneateles, N.Y. A subsequent Arthorgram MRI revealed a grade two superior and anterior cartilage tear in the labrum of his left shoulder. At the time Mitchell chose to receive a cortisone injection, but it proved insufficient relief to continue training.

Galler-Rabinowitz and Mitchell will take the remainder of the season off.