Oct 20, 2012; Kent, WA, USA; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (USA) compete in the pairs free skate in the 2012 Hilton HHonores Skate America competition at the ShoWare Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Americans Skaters John Coughlin, Caydee Denney Will Not Defend Title At Nationals

American figure skaters Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will not be able to defend their 2011 national title at the upcoming U.S. Figure Skating Championships because of an injury.

The pair has been forced out of the event because of a hip injury suffered by Coughlin.

Coughlin underwent surgery on his hip back on December 4th to repair a torn labrum. He is still recovering from the surgery and is not healthy enough to compete. That led to their decision to pull from nationals and give up the shot at defending their crown.

Nationals will begin on January 24th in Omaha, Nebraska.