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Lepisto to sit out season with leg injury

Former world bronze medalist, European champion still suffering form nerve damage in ankle

Laura Lepisto does not know when she will return to competition.
Laura Lepisto does not know when she will return to competition. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(11/14/2011) - Laura Lepisto, the 2010 world bronze medalist and 2009 European champion, announced Wednesday she will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season because of lingering nerve irritation in her ankle.

"This competition season is clearly over," Lepisto told YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. "It is not wise to hurry up and take risks so that it may take twice as long to recover."

The problems for Lepisto started last fall, when she withdrew from both of her Grand Prix assignments with an Achilles tendon injury. She intended to compete at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships but had to pull out of the event after hurting her back.

She was back on the ice this past summer, but while training with Brian Orser in Toronto in July, the pain intensified.

"There is repeated stress to the same landing foot, and this time one of the nerves in my foot was provoked, and it became very painful," she told Elina Paasonen of International Figure Skating magazine.

This latest setback caused Lepisto to once again sit out the Grand Prix season and, just recently, she made the decision to stay off the ice until the injury fully heals.

Lepisto told YLE, "Right now, [all] I can say is that we will see what the future holds."