Alissa Czisny’s Long Program
January 13, 2013 § 1 Comment
Get absolutely frustrated if you’re a diehard US figure skating fan. Get a little more knowledgeable if you are not, but you like Winter Olympics, high-stakes skating. Alissa Czisny performed two minutes of her long program set to “Gone With the Wind,” choreographed by Marina Zueva at the Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wisconsin. This version cuts off right before she enters her planned triple flip, where she re-injures the same hip that sidelined her for much of the 2012-2013 figure skating season.
A previously uploaded, now removed version of Czisny’s performance shows her being unable to get off the ice under her own power, having to be carried out via stretcher. The injury derails her chance at becoming a three-time Nationals champion and puts into serious doubt her chances to skate in Sochi. Whether this is a career-ending injury or not, she will always share company with some of the greatest female skaters from the United States. Since 1950, the only multiple US national championship winners are Tenley Albright, Carol Heiss, Peggy Fleming, Janet Lynn, Dorothy Hamill, Linda Fratianne, Rosalyn Sumners, Jill Trenary, Debi Thomas, some girl named Michelle Kwan and Alissa Czisny.
I wish her a speedy recovery during a difficult time.
Alissa Czisny has officially withdrawn from the US National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, according to an official press release by USFSA. She dislocated her left hip, the same hip in which she incurred a torn labrum and is recovering at a local hospital in Wisconsin. The Fox Cities Invitational was the Czisny’s first competition since the 2012 World Championships.