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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.