Sasha Cohen Withdraws From Smart Ones Skate America Due to Injury

(10/18/2005) - Sasha Cohen announced today her withdrawal from 2005 Smart Ones Skate America in Atlantic City, N.J., due to an injury. She fell in practice on Thursday, Oct. 13, and was diagnosed by Dr. Anatol Podolsky of Newport Beach, Calif., with a contusion of the left Iliac Crest and External Oblique muscle.

“Ms. Cohen was evaluated for her left hip and abdomen pain at my orthopedic office,” Podolsky said. “She fell onto her left side and sustained a one-inch laceration over the left Iliac Crest. Since the injury, jumping triples on the ice at practice aggravates her pain. It recently became more symptomatic due to another fall on her triple toe loop. The pain radiates to her left hip and lower back.”

Dr. Podolsky has recommended Cohen rests from triple jumps for at least one week while allowing the injury to heal. Cohen hopes to be healthy in time to compete in her second Grand Prix event of the season, Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris, France, Nov. 17-20. Coach John Nicks believes she will be ready, allowing she is able to get back to full on-ice training some time next week.

“I had a meeting with her on Tuesday evening to plot out her training prior to Skate America, because we only had about a week,” Nicks said. “She came in the following day, and we were going to train light for two days and do a run through of her short program on Friday and her long program yesterday. Well, last Wednesday she was only able to skate for 15 minutes because of the pain. On Thursday and Friday she wasn't able to jump much, certainly not triples. I told her if she wasn't able to do a run through yesterday she probably wouldn't be able to compete this weekend.”

Cohen will be replaced at Skate America by Alissa Czisny, who placed fourth at 2004 Skate America, her first major international event. Czisny placed seventh at the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships before taking sixth at the 2005 World Junior Championships. She has already competed at two international events this season, taking fifth at the 2005 Campbell's Classic in Minnesota and second at the 2005 Ondrej Nepela Memorial Trophy in Slovakia.

Skate America marks the first of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Skaters can compete in two of the six events, and the top six point-earners in all four disciplines – ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing – earn a spot at the Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan. Athletes will vie for a total of $180,000 at Skate America and $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series and the Grand Prix Final.

Tickets for Skate America are now on sale and may be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (800) 736-1420 or at http://www.ticketmaster.com0. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_details.asp?id=28649.