Caydee Denney, John Coughlin to sit out figure skating season

Caydee Denney, John Coughlin
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Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs figure skating champions, will not compete in the 2014-15 season as Denney rehabilitates a right ankle injury.

“After a lot of therapy, I am excited to take the next step of getting back on the ice beginning with performing in shows and eventually strengthening back to a competitive level,” Denney said in a press release.

Denney and Coughlin placed third at the U.S. Championships in January and did not make the two-pair U.S. Olympic Team.

They were named as one of two U.S. pairs for the World Championships in March but withdrew after Denney sustained an ankle injury in practice two days before they were to depart for the Saitama, Japan, event.

Denney, 21, placed 13th at the 2010 Olympics with former partner Jeremy Barrett.

The top U.S. pair from the Sochi Olympics, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, announced their split in May.

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