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U.S. Olympian Flatt ends season to recover, study

Stanford student, 2010 U.S. champion needs time for right leg, ankle to heal

Rachael Flatt has plenty to focus on at Stanford while she sits out this season.
Rachael Flatt has plenty to focus on at Stanford while she sits out this season. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(10/30/2012) - Rachael Flatt, the 2010 U.S. champion and 2010 Olympian, announced Tuesday she will not compete due to injury for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

"It is with deepest disappointment that I will be withdrawing from the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, and will not compete at the 2013 U.S. Championships in January due the recurrence of an injury in my right lower leg and ankle," Flatt said. "I will focus on getting healthy while pursuing my academic goals. I am saddened that I will miss out on this season, but I feel it is my responsibility to take care of my general well-being. I hope to make a full recovery. I wish the very best for all the other skaters this season."

Flatt is a full-time sophomore at Stanford University. She trains in San Jose, Calif., under coaches Justin Dillon and Lynn Smith.