The Korean Figure Skating Union announced today that Yu-Na Kim will not compete next week in Goyang City, Korea in the Four Continents Cup.
Yu-Na had been complaining of hip pain during her training in Toronto with her coach Brian Orser. After a medical check-up in Canada, it was discovered she had an injured Sacroiliac Joint on her left hip. That's when the decision was made to withdraw from the event. It is uncertain whether this injury will keep her out of the World Championships in Sweden in March.
This makes the clear favorite for the event in South Korea Japan's Mao Asada who has been nipping on Kim's heels all season. The two had a very close competition at the Grand Prix Final but Kim was the victor there. Other skaters to watch include Miki Ando, Fumie Suguri, Joannie Rochette, and Ashley Wagner.