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Sasha Cohen, Kimmie Meissner lose footing in skate comebacks

October 9, 2009 |  5:26 pm

It has been a tough couple days for twentysomethings trying to make figure skating comebacks.

Thursday, former world and U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner, 20, announced her season -- and, likely, her competitive career -- were over because of a severe knee injury. She had ended her 2008-09 season with a withdrawal from the U.S. Championships because of a hip injury.

Friday, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, who turns 25 on Oct. 26, announced she was pulling out of next week's Grand Prix event in Paris -- which would have been her first competition in 3 1/2 years -- because of tendinitis in her right calf.

Cohen said she expects to be able to compete at Skate America on Nov. 12-15 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"I have been advised to limit my training for the next few weeks,'' Cohen said in a statement.  "My pain is subsiding, but I have not been fully able to train for (the Bompard Trophy.)''

-- Philip Hersh


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