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Czisny out of NHK Trophy, Nagasu added to lineup

Two-time U.S. champ still recuperating from hip surgery, hopes to compete in Omaha

Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny needs more time to recover from hip surgery.
Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny needs more time to recover from hip surgery. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(11/14/2012) - Alissa Czisny has withdrawn from the 2012 NHK Trophy, while Mirai Nagasu has been named to the U.S. team at the Nov. 26-28 event in Miyagi, Japan.

Czisny, a two-time U.S. champion (2009, '11), the 2010 Grand Prix Final champion and an eight-time Grand Prix Series medalist, continues to recover from surgery she had in June to repair a torn labrum in her left hip.

She hopes to compete at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, to which she has a bye based on her second-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Championships. The top five senior finishers in each discipline receive an automatic bye to the following year's championships.

Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion and a 2010 Olympian, began her season with a third-place showing at 2012 Finlandia Trophy and followed that with a fourth-place finish at 2012 Cup of China, her first Grand Prix of the season, earlier this month.