Denney, Coughlin to sit out 2014-15 seasonPair to perform in shows while Denney rehabs from ankle injury
The U.S. will be without one of its marquee pairs next season.
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. champions, announced Tuesday that they will not compete in the 2014-15 season because of Denney's lingering right ankle injury.
"After a lot of therapy, I am excited to take the next step of getting back on the ice, beginning with performing in shows and eventually strengthening back to a competitive level," Denney said in a U.S. Figure Skating press release.
The injury occurred March 19 in practice, while the team was preparing for the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships. The pair was forced to withdraw from that competition. The Colorado-based team also missed the latter half of the 2012-13 season after Coughlin tore a labrum in his left hip.
"I am happy to be by Caydee's side during her recovery, as she was so supportive of me during my time dealing with injury," Coughlin said.
Denney and Coughlin have skated together since May 2011. In addition to winning the title at the 2012 U.S. Championships, they are the 2012 Four Continents silver medalists and three-time bronze medalists in the Grand Prix Series.
Denney and Coughlin's absence next season assures that their will be a first-time pairs champion at the 2015 U.S. Championships. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir -- winners of the last two U.S. titles -- split up and are each skating with new partners.
Information from U.S. Figure Skating was used in this report.