One of the top contenders for the gold medal at this month's U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha has pulled out of the competition.
Alissa Czisny, a two-time U.S. champion, announced Monday that she won't compete because of a hip injury she suffered at a competition Saturday. The 25-year-old skater dislocated her hip during her free skate at the Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wis., according to U.S. Figure Skating.
The competition was Czisny's first since the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. She had surgery in June related to a previous hip injury and was invited to the international Grand Prix season this fall but did not compete.
The Championships begin Jan. 20 at the CenturyLink Center with novice and junior-level competition. Senior-level skaters will be on the ice from Jan. 24 to Jan. 27.