Rachael Flatt fined for hiding injury


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Rachael Flatt has been reprimanded and fined by U.S. Figure Skating for not disclosing the stress fracture that hampered her performance at the world championships.

The 2010 U.S. champion announced after finishing 12th at worlds that she'd been diagnosed a week earlier with a stress fracture in her right tibia. Theoretically, had Flatt informed U.S. Figure Skating officials when she was diagnosed, the federation could have gotten alternate Mirai Nagasu to Moscow in time for the women's competition.

Instead, Flatt's poor finish likely cost the U.S. a third spot at next year's world championships. The two American skaters needed to finish with a combined placement of 13 or better, and Alissa Czisny was fifth. Flatt had not finished outside the top 10 in her previous three trips to worlds and was seventh at the Vancouver Olympics.

U.S. Figure Skating did not disclose how much Flatt was fined and said Wednesday it would have no further comment. The disciplinary action first was reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Flatt is recovering from the injury. She begins college at Stanford this fall but still intends to compete this season.