Alex Johnson has written a new journal entry on his official site that explains his decision not to compete this season due to injury : http://www.figureskatersonline.com/a...n/journal.html
He had a breakthrough at 2013 U.S. Nationals, placing 7th overall in the Senior Men's event....
Today, my joint is as stable as can be and I shouldn't have to worry about spraining my ankle ever again. My doctor used a titanium screw to hold the ligaments in my fibula as well as cadaver tissue to reinforce the support. However, my recovery isn't going as quickly as expected and I'm not able to do everything that I would like to. I have nerve damage to my leg and it has inhibited my ability to fully use my foot. I have seen handfuls of doctors to try to fix this problem, but the only thing that I can do is wait and let my body heal over time.
Clearly, this has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but it's for the best. My ankle has been a problem since 2010 and I really wanted to rid this issue from my life. Now that this is all in the past, I can really focus my energy on recovering and becoming an even stronger skater for the 2014-2015 season. As difficult as it will be to watch Nationals in Boston, I'm still hoping to be there to support all my fellow skaters.
You can send Alex a note of support/encouragement via the Contact page of his site: http://www.figureskatersonline.com/a...n/contact.html
Link to his Cheer thread (first post includes a link to his fabulous "Eleanor Rigby" 5th place FS at 2013 U.S. Nationals): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...n-cheer-thread!