Cohen drops from first Grand Prix
Sasha Cohen has withdrawn from her first Grand Prix event due to tendonitis in her right calf. She was slated to compete this coming week in Paris at the first Grand Prix event of the season, Trophee Eric Bompard.
“I have been advised to limit my training for the next few weeks,” Cohen said. “My pain is subsiding, but I have not been able to fully train for Trophee Bompard.”
While it’s unfortunate that Cohen says she is in pain, her withdrawal strikes me as slightly odd. Why, if Cohen knew she had this injury and was told to limit her training, did she perform in a show three days ago? And why, if her calf was hurting her to the extent of having to withdraw from her Grand Prix event, did she wait until less than a week before the event begins to state her withdrawal?
Something about her statement doesn’t add up.
Yes, injuries happen. Sometimes injuries occur rather quickly and without much warning. However, tendonitis is not one of these injuries. I have had tendonitis before. It’s pain that comes on slowly and then gets progressively worse over time. And if that pain reaches the extent to which a skater can’t compete, it is generally painful enough where they can’t skate in a show.
I don’t mean to call into question Cohen’s injury. However, if she knew she was injured she shouldn’t have skated in a show on Tuesday and then waited until the 11th hour to tell USFS that she was unable to compete next week. Unfortunately, because her withdrawal came so close to the event, it may be too late for another lady to take her spot.
There has been a ton of speculation as to whether or not Cohen was actually going to compete this season, and most could have predicted something like today‘s statement. Cohen says that she still plans to compete in November at her second Grand Prix event, Skate America, but at this rate, I wouldn’t count on her to show up.
What Cohen is trying to do this season–come back and attempt to win a second Olympic medal after years away from competition–is obviously very tough. However, it seems to me that maybe Cohen didn’t realize in May just how tough this whole comeback was going to seem in October.
My guess? Sometimes the fear of failure can be more painful than any injury.