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Chen withdraws from JGP Croatia with leg injury

U.S. junior champion sat fourth after program

Until JGP Croatia, Nathan Chen had won every major contest he entered since December 2008.
Until JGP Croatia, Nathan Chen had won every major contest he entered since December 2008. (Tom Briglia)

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By icenetwork.com
(10/05/2012) - For 13-year-old Nathan Chen, dreams of making the Junior Grand Prix Final will have to wait another year.

Chen was forced to withdraw from JGP Croatia on Friday because of a lower leg injury, according to a U.S. Figure Skating statement. He registered a fourth-place finish in Thursday's short program.

The young phenom from Salt Lake City is unbeaten in major competitions since December 2008, capturing U.S. novice titles in 2010-11 and the junior crown in 2012. In his debut in the JGP Series, Chen won the gold medal in Linz, Austria three weeks ago by a whopping 36 points. He will no longer be eligible for the Junior Grand Prix Final after withdrawing in Zagreb.