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Karen Chen out of Grand Prix Series

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U.S. Olympian Karen Chen will miss the entire fall Grand Prix Series, withdrawing from this week’s Rostelecom Cup in Moscow with an injury.

“Although I know that injuries make me stronger, I also understand that it takes time,” was posted on Chen’s social media. “I need to be patient with this whole recovery process, so I realized that Russia isn’t doable. This wasn’t an easy decision, but I know that I want to feel 100% ready when I emerge back onto competition ice.”

Chen, third at last year’s nationals and 11th in PyeongChang, also withdrew last month from her other Grand Prix in Helsinki, citing a foot injury, as well as lower-level events in the summer and the world championships in March.

If Chen’s next event is the U.S. Championships in January, she will go 11 months between competitions.

Chen is the latest in a string of U.S. Olympians to sit out the Grand Prix for various reasons, not uncommon in a post-Olympic year. Mirai NagasuAshley Wagner and Adam Rippon are on indefinite breaks (Rippon said he’s likely retired). Polina Edmunds plans to return next season from a long-term right foot injury.

Ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are also taking time off, while Madison Chock and Evan Bates withdrew from their Grand Prix assignments as Chock recovers from ankle surgery.

Chen, 19, broke out in 2017, winning her first U.S. title and placing fourth at the world championships, the best debut by an American woman since Kimmie Meissner took gold in 2006.

Bradie Tennell is the lone female U.S. Olympic singles skater competing in multiple Grand Prix events this fall. She was fourth at Skate America and must finish on the podium at next week’s event in France for a chance at the six-skater Grand Prix Final in December.

If Tennell does not qualify, the U.S. will have zero women in the Grand Prix Final, the second-biggest annual international event, for a third straight year.

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Karen Chen withdraws from first Grand Prix assignment

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Karen Chen, the 2017 U.S. national champion, has withdrawn from the Grand Prix of Helsinki while she recovers from a foot injury. Chen is still on the schedule for Rostelecom Cup in Moscow Nov. 16-18.

As a reminder, you can watch the ISU Grand Prix Series live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Karen Chen out of world figure skating championships

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U.S. Olympian Karen Chen is replaced by Mariah Bell at next week’s world figure skating championships, according to the International Skating Union entry list.

U.S. pairs silver medalists Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea were also replaced by U.S. bronze medalists Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay. They join U.S champions and Olympians Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim on the team.

Chen, 18, placed 11th in PyeongChang, right behind teammates Bradie Tennell and Mirai Nagasu, who Bell joins on the world team.

Chen was third at nationals in January, but her real breakout was last winter, when Chen won the U.S. title and placed fourth at the world championships.

Bell missed the Olympic team after placing fifth at the U.S. Championships in January, one year after taking silver at Skate America and bronze at nationals.

Bell was the second alternate for worlds after Sochi Olympian Ashley Wagner, who did not take the spot vacated by Chen.

The medal contenders at worlds in Milan are led by Russian Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, Olympic bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, Japanese Satoko Miyahara and Italian Carolina Kostner.

Notable skaters missing senior worlds:
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — Injured
Javier Fernandez (ESP)
Patrick Chan (CAN) — Reportedly retired
Adam Rippon (USA)
Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — Injured
Karen Chen (USA)
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) — Possibly retiring
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA)
Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS)
Sui Wenjing/Han Cong (CHN) — Sui’s injured
Meagan Duhamel
/Eric Radford (CAN) — Retired

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