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Downey resident Vanessa Lam withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that got underway today in Omaha, Neb., after injuring her knee and hip during training.
Lam suffered the injury in a training session not long after her win at the Pacific Coast Sectionals last November.
After an evaluation at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe clinic, the injury was not considered serious and Lam underwent physical therapy while continuing to train on a limited basis.
But Lam withdrew from the Championships after determining she wouldn't be at 100 percent.
"I am very disappointed and saddened that I will not be able to compete in this season's Championship, but will continue to train vigorously for next season," said Lam, a senior at Downey High. "Unfortunately I need a few more weeks to regain championship form."
Lam, a member of the Jr. World team, set a personal best time at the Pacific Coast Sectionals. Her score of 177.73 was beat only by two-time U.S. bronze medalist Ashley Wagner.
Lam is coached by Doug Chapman and Dianne DeLeeuw.