Tatyana Volosozhar, Maksim Trankov pull out of Grand Prix series

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Olympic pairs champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov are finished for the Grand Prix season.

The Russians withdrew from next weekend’s NHK Trophy in Japan due to a heel injury that Volosozhar suffered before they competed at last weekend’s Trophée Bompard in Bordeaux, France.

Volosozhar and Trankov took the 2014-15 season off, were married and returned to top-level international competition in Bordeaux for the first time since Sochi.

They led Trophée Bompard with the highest pairs short program score this Grand Prix season. The event’s free skates were canceled due to the Paris attacks last Friday.

Without two Grand Prix season results, they cannot qualify for December’s Grand Prix Final. The next major international competitions are the European Championships in January and the World Championships in Boston in March and April.

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