By Philip Hersh, Tribune reporter
4:06 PM CST, February 5, 2013
Katherine Reutter, one of the most successful short track speedskaters in U.S. history, has retired after injuries that sidelined her for more than a year.
Reutter, 24. of Champaign, won Olympic silver and bronze medals in 2010, when she was the first U.S. woman to win an individual-event short track medal since 1994. In 2011, she won the gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the world championships, becoming the first U.S. woman since Bonnie Blair in 1986 to earn a world title.
Reutter also was a four-time U.S. champion.
Reutter had hip surgery four months after the 2010 Olympics. A second such surgery early in 2012, this one on both hips, had kept Reutter from returning to competition.
"I have been struggling with injuries for quite some time now and have come to the realization that my body no longer can withstand the demands of training at this level," Reutter said in a Tuesday statement from U.S. Speedskating.
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