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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.
Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy will miss out on their showdown with Russian rivals Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. (Getty Images)

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By Klaus-Reinhold Kany and Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com
(11/14/2012) - Four-time world pair champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany have withdrawn from Trophée Eric Bompard, their second Grand Prix event.

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.