Bradie Tennell withdraws from next week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Bradie Tennell at the 2021 ISU World Team Trophy on April 17, 2021 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Two-time U.S. national champion Bradie Tennell announced on Instagram that she has withdrawn from the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – which take place from January 3 to 9 in Nashville, Tennessee – due to an ongoing foot injury.

Since finishing ninth at the 2021 World Championships in late March and helping the U.S. win second place at the 2021 World Team Trophy a month later, Tennell has begun the Olympic season with seven withdrawals – and the upcoming national championships being her eighth consecutive withdrawal.

Upon announcing that she will not participate at Skate America in October, Tennell took to Instagram to say that she is dealing with a foot injury.

On the final day of 2021, Tennell said that she has not been able to eliminate pain in her foot and is unable to participate at the U.S. Nationals next week. She said, “This morning I made the hardest decision of my life to withdraw from Nationals due to my ongoing foot injury.” She also added, “I thought if I kept pushing, I’d be able to overcome the pain enough to consistently be on the ice, training in the sport I love. And though I have done everything in my power to try to be ready for Nationals, I have to listen to what my body is telling me and accept that I won’t be able to compete next week.”

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Tennell participated at the 2018 Winter Olympics – winning a bronze medal in the team event and placing ninth in the women’s competition – but puts her odds of making another Olympic team, in 2022, in jeopardy.

In addition to her two national titles, the 23-year-old American figure skater has placed in the top ten at three World Championships, won a bronze medal at the 2020 Four Continents Championships, was fifth at the 2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix Final, and has won four medals on the ISU Grand Prix series in her career.

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