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Korpi withdraws from Euros with Achilles injury

Defending silver medalist still eyeing world champioinships

Rest and recovery for her injured Achilles tendon are in order for Finland's Kiira Korpi.
Rest and recovery for her injured Achilles tendon are in order for Finland's Kiira Korpi. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(01/09/2013) - Kiira Korpi has withdrawn from the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships, citing inflammation in her left Achilles tendon.

The Finnish skater is a three-time medalist at the event, having won the silver there last season.

"Recovery is already better, but I am not yet able to skate," Korpi said in a press release distributed by the Finnish Figure Skating Association.

Korpi placed fourth last month at the 2012 Grand Prix Final, and a week later won her fourth national championship. Just after Christmas, she experienced soreness in her foot, which kept her off the ice for 2 1/2 weeks.

She said a plan of exercise and rehabilitative physical therapy is the best way to treat the injury if she wants it to be healed in time for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

Korpi has a history of leg ailments. She hurt her left foot in the summer of 2011, forcing her to miss the 2011 Japan Open and the 2011 Finlandia Trophy. She fought through the pain the rest of the season, and ultimately withdrew from the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships because of lingering foot and hip injuries.

Alisa Mikonsaari, who placed third at Finnish nationals, will take Korpi's place at the European championships, which are slated to be held Jan. 21-27 in Zagreb, Croatia.