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Nathan Chen withdraws from 2022 World Figure Skating Championships with injury | Launderer’s report

By on April 30, 2022 0

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After winning gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Nathan Chen has withdrawn from the upcoming world figure skating championships due to injury, USA Figure Skating announced on Wednesday.

“I am disappointed to have to withdraw from Worlds,” Chen said in a statement. “I’ve been training for this competition since returning from Beijing. I have a nagging injury that I’m dealing with and I don’t want to risk further injury training and competing next week.”

The championships are due to start on March 21 in Montpellier, France.

The American would have been a favorite in the men’s singles competition after adding Olympic gold to a resume that also includes world titles in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Chen also helped the United States to silver in the team event in Beijing.

The 22-year-old was looking to add another world championship medal, but is now expected to take a break from competition while returning to school at Yale University, according to NBC Sports. .

Camden Pulkinen will replace Chen for Team USA alongside Vincent Zhou and Ilia Malinin. Zhou was forced to retire from singles competition at the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, but he will now try to wrestle in France.

Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama could be one of the event’s favorites after taking silver in Beijing.