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Figure Skating - 16. January 2008.

EMILY HUGHES WITHDRAWS FROM 2008 U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jan. 14, 2008) – 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes has withdrawn from the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul, Minn., Jan. 20-27.


Hughes is suffering from a hip injury, which will prevent her not only from competing but also training.

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“I’m extremely disappointed to have to miss the U.S. Championships,” Hughes said. “This is a competition I’ve been looking forward to all season.”

“This injury is just really bad timing,” Hughes continued. “I hope to be able to begin serious training again in four to six weeks.”

Hughes placed seventh at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and has finished in the top 10 at each of the last two World Championships. In her two Grand Prix assignments this season, Hughes took fourth at both Skate America and Skate Canada.


U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event. The 2008 competition will take place Jan. 20-27 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., and be nationally televised live on NBC. Over the course of a week, the event will crown 12 U.S. champions in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing on the senior, junior and novice levels.

Single-session, U.S. Championships Skating Spectacular, all-event and championship weekend ticket packages for the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are on sale now at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office or online at www.saintpaul2008.com. For group ticket information, call 651.312.3486. Single-session tickets start at $12.

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