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Are Kavaguti and Smirnov finished for sure? will they retire.
I have read somewhere they are practising and doing fine. They hope to get ready soon, but aren't sure they will be there in time for Sochi

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Any news, on Joubert though I am not sure if he is injured or what.
He competed last week end at NRW Trophy and become second after Majorov

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Hegellson is she coming back or will she let her sister go to the Olympics.
She competed last week-end too and become second after Roberta Rodeghiero at Denkova Staviski Cup

No info about others than Carolina Kostner not doing nationals
RESS RELEASE (Rome, December 12/2013): Carolina will not take part in the Italian National Championships scheduled to take place in Merano from December 19-21. The Italian Champion from the "Fiamme Azzurre" is fighting with recurring physical problems after her Grand Prix assignments this fall which keep her from skating at this competition, even though the event was included in her season schedule. In consultation with the officials of the "Fiamme Azzure", Carolina has decided to withdraw from the competition in Merano while expressing her regrets on not being able to compete at such an important event organized in her home region: a decision that is certainly linked to the preparations for the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014. In spite of her physical condition, Carolina will be attending - alongside with other atheltes from the Fiamme Azzure - an event organized by the CONI on December 18 in Rome, introducing the Italian Oympic team. During her stay in Rome, Carolina intends to undergo the necessary examinations to assert her current physical state.