Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Langlois and Hay unable to compete at ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Skate Canada announced today that 2008 Canadian Pair Champions Anabelle Langlois, 27 of Gatineau, Que., and Cody Hay, 25 of Grande Prairie, Alta., will be unable to compete next week at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2009. The event takes place at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, the same venue that will be used for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic figure skating competition.

Langlois continues to struggle with an injury that occurred in July of 2008 when she suffered a spiral fracture to her lower right fibula during a practice session. Despite subsequent surgery and a determined recovery effort, Langlois and Hay are not yet competition-ready.

“This decision was made in conjunction with Anabelle, Cody and their coach Lee Barkell, and it is indeed unfortunate that they will not able to compete at the ISU Four Continents,” said Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada Director High Performance. “We want them to take the time they need for Anabelle to fully recover from this injury, and be ready to compete in the events leading up to 2010.”

“We are obviously very upset about having to withdraw from ISU Four Continents. It is just one more thing to add to our long and frustrating year, said Cody Hay. “Unfortunately this is something we have no control over, and we are doing everything we can to get Anabelle healthy. We wish the Canadian team the best of luck, and can't wait to be part of the action again.”

The pair team has missed all of the competitive season to date, withdrawing from their ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating assignments at 2008 HomeSense Skate Canada International and NHK Trophy in Japan. They also were unable to defend their title at the 2009 BMO Canadian Figure Skating championships in Saskatoon, Sask.

As announced in Saskatoon, Mylène Brodeur, 21, Standbridge Station, Que., and John Mattatall, 26, Wallace, N.S., the pair team who finished in third place at the 2009 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships, will step in to replace Langlois and Hay next week. The ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2009 runs February 2-8 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC.

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