Denney, Coughlin to miss world championships
Scimeca, Knierim to take place of 2012 U.S. champions in London, Ontario
|John Coughlin's recovery from December hip surgery has not gone quickly enough for him and partner Caydee Denney to return to the ice this season. (Getty Images)|
"In staying true to our goals of representing the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Caydee and I have decided to take this opportunity to get a jump start on our 2013-14 campaign," Coughlin said. "Recovery has gone better than we could have imagined, and we are grateful to our families and coaches, and Dr. [Marc] Philippon and the medical team at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Their tireless work alongside U.S. Figure Skating has made it possible for us to approach the upcoming season with a clean slate."
Scimeca and Knierim were the first alternates on the U.S. world team. They withdrew from the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships while in Osaka, Japan, because of pain Scimeca was experiencing in her right foot. Upon returning to the team's training center in Colorado Springs, Scimeca was evaluated and cleared to continue training for the March 10-17 event in London, Ontario.
Denney and Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champions, were named to the world team at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships last month. They won bronze at each of their two Grand Prix assignments last fall, Skate America and the Rostelecom Cup, before Coughlin underwent successful surgery in December to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The team submitted a petition to U.S. Figure Skating to be considered for a spot on the world team despite not competing at the U.S. championships.
Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay, the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists, are the first alternates to the world team. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, who placed fifth at the U.S. championships and will compete at the 2013 World Junior Championships, are second alternates to the world team.