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Injury forces Weir to withdraw from Rostelecom

Skater sat 10th after short in first Grand Prix event in three years

Johnny Weir's withdrawal from the Rostelecom Cup throws his future in doubt.
Johnny Weir's withdrawal from the Rostelecom Cup throws his future in doubt. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(11/10/2012) - Three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir withdrew from the 2012 Rostelecom Cup on Saturday after re-aggravating a knee injury, the Russian news service R-Sport reported.

Competing for just the second time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Weir finished 10th in Friday's short program but decided he was not in good enough physical condition to take part in Saturday's free skate.

"This is a very terrible setback and I'm not happy, but things happen in sports," Weir told R-Sport.

The world bronze medalist made several mistakes in Friday's short program, during which he said he was bothered by a recurring injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.

"About a month ago, I had a terrible fall in practice and then I re-agitated the same injury with my ACL at the beginning of this week, and yesterday I tried in the competition," he said.

"This is not what I wanted to happen here," Weir continued. "I wanted to compete and to perform, and I'm so sad."

Weir's status for next week's Trophée Eric Bompard is uncertain. He said he will have to talk to U.S. Figure Skating officials about whether he will compete in Paris.

He told R-Sport, "I'm unsure if they'll be open to it, simply because I've withdrawn from one Grand Prix and the other one could give a chance to another skater that has never competed in a Grand Prix before, so this evening I'll be sitting on the phone with America all night."