Just like that, another one bites the dust! Sasha Cohen has now withdrawn from Skate America due to injury. In short, boo. Apparently, Sasha has a contusion of the left Iliac Crest and External Oblique muscle.
Like Michelle Kwan, who also pulled out of Skate America, Sasha hopes to compete in her second grand prix event in Paris, France. Her doctor has suggested she "lay off" the triple jumps for a week before resuming full training. Also, like Michelle, it will be hard to garner a berth to the Grand Prix Final with only one event. Most likely, any hope of a U.S. women making it to the final rests upon Kimmie Meissner, who is competing in the senior grand prix for the first time this fall.
Sasha's withdrawal from Skate America has left a lack-luster field of ladies which only contains one previous world medalist. Top names now include Elena Sokolova (2003 World Silver Medalist), Yoshie Onda, and Julia Sebestyen. U.S. Entries include Beatrisa Liang, Emily Hughes (who replaced Kwan), and Alissa Czisny (who replaced Sasha).
Rough start to the season for the top U.S. ladies.