Daisuke Takahashi withdraws from Grand Prix Final
As it became known today, the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan has withdrawn from the 2013 ISU Grand Prix Final due to bone bruise.
“During my practice, I felt a pain in the right leg. I had it thoroughly examined and was diagnosed with contusion on right knee. It requires medical treatment for about two weeks, so I have to take some rest now.” Kansai University Skating club’s website quotes Takahashi.
“There are no skaters who don’t feel anxious for not being able to practice. However, I believe it’s up to myself to either keep my spirit up or to drive myself into a corner,” he continued.
“I will try to do what I can with a help from all my staff. I apologize to all those who support me: the skating community, sponsors, media and everyone who are looking forward to watch GP Final. I’m sorry that I can’t show my performances at the Grand Prix Final. I want to concentrate on treatment now and hope to skate in front of everyone very soon.” 2010 World champion added.
In this season, Takahashi was fourth at the 2013 Skate America before winning the 2013 NHK Trophy, getting there a personal best score of 95.55 points for the short program. In GP Final he will be replaced by compatriot Nobunari Oda.
The Grand Prix Final will be held in Fukuoka, Japan from 5–8 December 2013.