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    Post Cohen Withdraws from Cup of China - Press Release

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    Colorado Springs, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2004) – 2004 World silver medalist Sasha Cohen announced today her withdrawal from 2004 Cup of China due to recurring back problems. Cohen withdrew from Smart Ones Skate America earlier this season and has been advised to continue resting her back before reentering competition.

    “I am currently on the ice training with limited jumps per the direction of my doctor, Dr. Craig Westin,” Cohen said. “I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at Cup of China next weekend. However, I am focused on continuing my training and making myself stronger to work through my injury and prepare for the rest of the season.”

    Cohen will next compete at the Marshalls World Cup of Figure Skating in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Dec. 3. During her first event of the season, the Campbell’s International Figure Skating Classic on Oct. 1, she took home the bronze medal as well as $15,000 of prize money.

    Shortly after the Campbell’s event Cohen flew to Chicago, Ill., to consult with Dr. Westin, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, whom she has seen since she injured her back in 2001. It is believed that her current back problems may be related to the injury she sustained in 2001 — an injury that forced her to withdraw from the 2001 State Farm U.S. Championships.

    In his assessment Dr. Westin performed a full examination including an MRI on Cohen's back. He diagnosed that Cohen reinjured her back, causing severe back strain. He recommended she skate with reduced multi-revolution jumping for four weeks and take part in intense physical therapy to strengthen her lower back.

    A replacement for Cohen at Cup of China is at the discretion of the organizing committee. No U.S. skaters have been invited at this time.

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    We wish Sasha well, and a good skate at Marchalls.

    In the menatime, I think Bebe would make a fine replacement. Amber and Jenny already have two spots taken.

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    Last edited by Joesitz; 11-03-2004 at 07:09 PM.

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    My only complaint to Sasha would be that why didn't she withdraw earlier? Maybe it would have been possible for another skater to get her spot. She had to have known that the long flight to China plus the lost time of intensive training would have meant no CoC.

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    Get well, Sasha

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    I am going to put the same article in with the Cup of China event forum.

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    Interesting that neither Sasha nor Michelle is considering withdrawing from Marshall's -- at least no announcement has been made so far. This supports my theory. The so-called cheesefests have become the new Senior Grand Prix, relegating those other events to lesser status. Money talks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronxgirl
    My only complaint to Sasha would be that why didn't she withdraw earlier? Maybe it would have been possible for another skater to get her spot. She had to have known that the long flight to China plus the lost time of intensive training would have meant no CoC.
    Wishful thinking that she would recover faster?

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    That is a smart decision. Fans should've already to take the hint, a few days ago she took off the CoC from her competetion schedule says it all.

    I guess no GPs for Sasha's either.

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    This supports my theory. The so-called cheesefests have become the new Senior Grand Prix, relegating those other events to lesser status. Money talks.
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    ITA, money and contract talks. And along the way, one has to take care her health herself. How many fans still remember Tara? If not for her beating MK, I'd forgot her already.

    Sasha at this stage of caree can any show skating as she choose. She'll be exceptional show skater even without the jumps. No points to ruine her body further to the extend not even able to do show skating like Tara.

    Hope she gets well soon. So fans can have a three way duel at the Worlds.

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    I'm confused the article states that no Us skaters have been invited at this time. I thought Angela was invited last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    This supports my theory. The so-called cheesefests have become the new Senior Grand Prix, relegating those other events to lesser status. Money talks. Mathman
    Money and no short programs.

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    Cheesefest

    I hope she doesn't risk further injury at the Cheesefest. Do you mean to tell me that she could make more money at the Cheesefest than doing the GP? She made $15,000 at Campbells. How much do they make at the GP?

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    Making or not making prize money from GP isn't a major reason for Sasha to compete or not compete at CoC. With her talent she can make best living though shows and tours. Her back injury can take a lot longer to heel than she originally thought. Plus it's a long 16 hours plane ride to China. The Grand Prix Final is also going to be held in Beijing. Not many skaters want to fly there in both November and December.

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    Sasha

    I don't know the prize money for the GPF, but the winner at the GP events gets $18,000.00, whereas the winner at the cheesefests gets $50,000.00. I think the main thing, though, for many skaters, are the flights. Not only are hours in a plane bad for back injuries/back pain, but Plushy skipped the GP, in part, because his doctors told him to avoid flying; it aggravated the otitis (sp?) that put him in the hospital last year.

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    Non stop flights from most USA cities to China is about 12 hours or less, how nice, North Pole to the rescue.

    http://www.china.org.cn/english/China/39951.htm


    The strong magnetic field in the North Pole might affect the telecommunication equipment of the plane, and its temperature of minus 60 to 70 °C require better fuel-burning standards
    Maybe Cohen took a long time to make her decision to withdraw from COC, because she is afraid that the North Pole magnetic field may fry her cellphone

    Quote Originally Posted by MM
    Interesting that neither Sasha nor Michelle is considering withdrawing from Marshall's
    I bet you have already reserved your tickets
    Last edited by rtureck; 11-04-2004 at 11:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronxgirl
    My only complaint to Sasha would be that why didn't she withdraw earlier? Maybe it would have been possible for another skater to get her spot. She had to have known that the long flight to China plus the lost time of intensive training would have meant no CoC.
    Bear in mind, Sasha is a very strong-willed lady. The first time she had this injury, in 2001, she was determined to skate at Nationals anyway and John Nicks and her doctor had to work overtime to explain to her how serious this injury was; only after that did she actually withdraw then. I'd always wondered when and if this injury was going to come back; back in 2001 they made it sound like it was so severe that if she even attempted to set foot on the ice, she'd end up in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. There's still time to get a replacement in line; after all, Alissa Csizny went to Skate America on just about the same amount of notice.

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