U.S. Figure Skating announced today Adam Rippon, the reigning U.S. champion, and Polina Edmunds, the reigning U.S. silver medalist, have withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury.
Rippon broke his left foot and sprained the same ankle during an off-ice warm up on Friday, Jan. 6.
“I am heartbroken that I won’t be able to defend my title at the 2017 U.S. Championships,” Rippon said. “Despite breaking my foot in a fluke accident off the ice, I am determined to grow from this and come back ever stronger.
“I will use this as an opportunity to improve so that I can be fully prepared for next season and be at my very best to compete for a spot at the 2018 Olympic Games.”
Rippon is expected to be off the ice for eight to 12 weeks and will resume training with his medical team’s guidance.
Edmunds continues to recover from a right foot bone bruise that also kept her out of the 2016 Grand Prix Series.
“I’m disappointed that I will miss the 2017 U.S. Championships and wish all the athletes good luck in Kansas City,” Edmunds said. “I will continue to focus on my health and look forward to a full return to ice.”
The 2017 U.S. Championships are set for Jan. 14-22, in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, click here.