Olympic figure skating champion Nathan Chen has decided to withdraw from the 2022 World Figure Skating Championships due to an injury.
U.S. Figure Skating (USF) announced on Wednesday that Chen had withdrawn and would not be participating in this year’s world championships.
Chen was setting up to earn his fourth consecutive world title at this year’s figure skating world championships, a feat which has only been achieved by six other men in the competition’s 126-year-history.
In a USFS press release, Chen expressed his disappointment at missing this year’s competition but explained that he did not want to worsen the condition of an injury he sustained since returning from Beijing, according to NBC News.
“I am disappointed to have to withdraw from Worlds,” Chen said. “I have been training for this competition since returning from Beijing. I have a nagging injury that I’ve been dealing with, and I don’t want to risk further injury by practicing and competing next week.”
This year’s competition would have marked Chen’s final one before he takes a break to attend Yale University.
The 22-year-old made history at the Beijing Winter Olympics by becoming the first Asian American male to win a gold medal in the individual figure skating competition.
In place of Chen, 21-year-old American figure skater Camden Pulkinen will make his world debut at the competition.