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Rizo, Hacker to sit out 2009-10 season

Skaters will concentrate on college studies instead

Katrina Hacker served as a dedicated diarist to icenetwork.com in the 2008-09 season.
Katrina Hacker served as a dedicated diarist to icenetwork.com in the 2008-09 season. (Getty Images)

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By Linda Przygodski
(05/01/2009) - Brittney Rizo and Katrina Hacker have both decided to sit out next season to concentrate on their studies.

Rizo has been accepted to Northeastern University and will begin her studies in the fall.

"The first year of the college lifestyle is a big step forward for anyone, which is why I believe it would be extremely difficult to balance schooling and the dedication and training skating requires in my first year transition," said Rizo via email to U.S. Figure Skating. "I would really like to thank you for all of your support throughout my career and for the many amazing opportunities I was able to experience.

"I firmly believe the sport of figure skating has shaped my character in ways that can not easily be accomplished and allowed me to experience things people only dream about. My love for the sport will always remain, so I will always be connected to the sport of figure skating. Thank you so much for everything!

Among Rizo's notable accomplishments is a gold medal at the AEGON Cup Challenge in 2008, and a seventh-place finish at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Like her fellow senior lady, Hacker has also decided to focus on her college career. She will start Princeton University this fall.

Hacker hasn't ruled out a return to the sport someday, "I would say that I'm leaving the door slightly open. I'm not competing this season and I am going to focus on school, but of course, I'll keep skating, as I love to skate and you never know what will happen!"

The New York City native finished fifth at the 2009 World Junior Figure Skating Championships and sixth at U.S. Championships.

icenetwork.com wishes them both the best of luck and much success.