Ex-Junior Skating Champ Withdraws
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Timothy Goebel, the 1997 world junior silver medalist, withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday because of a lingering torn hip muscle.
Goebel, 17, had been in sixth place after Tuesday’s senior men’s short program. The men’s free skate is Thursday night.
The Rolling Meadows, Ill., native had won four junior events in a row before the same injury forced him to withdraw from the 1998 world championships in late November. He won the 1996 U.S. junior championship, and was sixth as a senior last year.
Only two days into nationals, Goebel was the third injured skater. Earlier Wednesday, Cohen Duncan, a senior woman’s skater from Los Angeles, withdrew with a torn hip muscle, the same injury as Goebel.
Duncan, 17, a former national novice champion, qualified for the nationals by winning the Southwest Pacific title, then placing third at the Pacific Coast sectional. The hip bothered her for awhile and after an examination by a doctor on Wednesday, she withdrew.
The dance team of Tami Tyler and Thomas Gaasbeck dropped out because of Gaasbeck’s severely sprained right ankle. He was hurt on Monday in practice.