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Dornbush to replace Abbott at Four Continents

Hip injury forces 2012 U.S. champion out in Colorado Springs

Jeremy Abbott, who blew away the competition in San Jose, expects to recover in time for worlds.
Jeremy Abbott, who blew away the competition in San Jose, expects to recover in time for worlds. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(02/03/2012) - U.S. Figure Skating announced Friday that Richard Dornbush will compete at the 2012 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, set for Feb. 9-12 at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jeremy Abbott, who won his third U.S. title last weekend, withdrew from the competition due to a right hip injury.

Dornbush will make his Four Continents Championships debut next week. This season, Dornbush finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at his Grand Prix assignments at Skate America and Cup of China. He was the highest-placing U.S. men's finisher at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships and most recently competed at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Dornbush will join Adam Rippon, the 2012 U.S. silver medalist, and Ross Miner, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalist, in Colorado Springs. Other featured members of Team USA include newly crowned U.S. champions Ashley Wagner (ladies), Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dancing).

Abbott, the 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist, is scheduled to compete at the 2012 World Championships March 26-April 1 in Nice, France.