Savchenko, Szolkowy out of Bompard, GP Final
Severe sinus infection prevents world champions from defending Grand Prix Final title
|Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy will miss out on their showdown with Russian rivals Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. (Getty Images)|
Savchenko has been suffering from a cold since competing at Skate Canada last month, where she and her partner won gold. The illness has since developed into a severe sinus infection, and she has been unable to train at the pair's home base in Chemnitz.
The 28-year-old skater attempted to practice on Wednesday, but medication weakened her to the point where she was only able to skate for a few minutes.
The Germans' withdrawal means they will not qualify for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi in December, and will thus lose the opportunity to square off against top rivals Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia at the 2014 Olympic venue.