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Dornbush withdraws from U.S. championships

Former U.S. silver medalist unable to compete because of herniated disc
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Before he withdrew Friday, Richard Dornbush was a dark horse candidate to win a medal at the 2016 U.S. Championships. -Getty Images

The senior men's field at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships is growing smaller by the day.

Former U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush will not compete in Saint Paul because of a herniated disc in his back, icenetwork learned Friday.

"There are no words to describe how disappointed I am that I cannot compete at nationals," Dornbush said in a written statement.

According to the statement, Dornbush is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the ice soon to resume training.

In addition to capturing the silver medal at the 2011 U.S. Championships, Dornbush has won a bronze medal in the Grand Prix Series (2014 Cup of China) and is the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion.

The 24-year-old Californian is the latest in a growing list of notable men's skaters who will not be present in Saint Paul. Reigning U.S. champion Jason Brown withdrew last week after he reaggravated a back injury, and reigning bronze medalist Joshua Farris will not compete due to a concussion he sustained in July.