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Séguin and Bilodeau, Firus withdraw from worlds

Canadian silver medalists bow out due to injury; Nguyen headed to Boston
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Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau will not compete again this season. -Getty Images

Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau, the Canadian silver medalists, and 2014 Olympian Liam Firus have withdrawn from the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships, Skate Canada announced Friday.

Séguin injured herself in practice last month, forcing the team to withdraw from the 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. She said the injury has not healed enough to allow her and Bilodeau to compete at the world championships in Boston later this month.

"During competition, we want to give our best, for our satisfaction and for the people around us. We are, unfortunately, not ready for this event," Séguin said. "We will take the time to heal and work to come back stronger for the future."

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, the fourth-place finishers at the 2016 Canadian Championships, will replace Séguin and Bilodeau on the world team.

Firus' spot in Boston will be filled by 2015 Canadian champion Nam Nguyen.

"My teammates, Patrick Chan and Nam Nguyen, are among the top men in the world. I have full faith in their abilities," Firus said. "This decision is about performance and giving our country the best opportunity to obtain three spots for the world championships next year."

Nguyen placed fifth in his last appearance at worlds, in 2015.