Alissa Czisny out for season, Sochi
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny's hopes of competing at the Sochi Olympics are over after withdrawing from a qualifier for nationals.
Czisny needed a top-four finish at this week's Midwestern Sectionals to earn a spot at the U.S. Championships, where the Olympic team will be selected. But after withdrawing Tuesday, she says she's not "completely prepared to be competitive" following a hip injury that sidelined her last season. Czisny had surgery in June 2012 to repair a torn labrum in her left hip, then dislocated the same hip in January when she fell during a competition.
The 2009 and 2011 U.S. champion says she's made progress in her recovery, but "cannot rush the process without risking further injury."
The U.S. Championships are Jan. 9-12 in Boston.