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Edmunds, Rippon to miss U.S. championships

Defending men's champ sustains broken foot; Edmunds out with bruise
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Polina Edmunds and Adam Rippon will miss the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City as they recover from foot injuries. -Getty Images

U.S. Figure Skating announced Monday that Adam Rippon, the reigning U.S. champion, has withdrawn from the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury. Reigning U.S. silver medalist Polina Edmunds has also withdrawn from the event as she continues to recover from a right foot bone bruise.

Rippon broke his left foot and sprained the same ankle during an off-ice warm-up Friday.

"I am heartbroken that I won't be able to defend my title at the 2017 U.S. Championships," Rippon said. "Despite breaking my foot in a fluke accident off the ice, I am determined to grow from this and come back ever stronger.

"I will use this as an opportunity to improve so that I can be fully prepared for next season and be at my very best to compete for a spot at the 2018 Olympic Games."

Rippon is expected to be off the ice for 8-12 weeks.

Edmunds has not competed all season because of the foot injury.

"I'm disappointed that I will miss the 2017 U.S. Championships and wish all the athletes good luck in Kansas City," Edmunds said. "I will continue to focus on my health and look forward to a full return to ice."