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Ice dance champs won't defend title in L.A.

March 13, 2009 |  1:55 pm

Figure skaters Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France, who won the ice dance world title last year, withdrew from this year's championships, which begin March 22 at Staples Center.

Delobel hasn't fully recovered right shoulder surgery she underwent in January. The duo said at a news conference in France that although they regret having to make the decision, they believe their preparation for next year's Winter Olympics is better served by skipping this competition.

To read the recount of their news conference in the French sports publication L'Equipe, click here. Thanks to my seventh grade French teacher (and five subsequent years of French classes) for teaching me about all those irregular verbs and helping me understand the L'Equipe story.

--Helene Elliott