One familiar name missing from the upcoming World Championship roster is Slovenian Gregor Urbas. A fixture at the competition since 2001, Urbas has decided to retire from the sport at age 27, having recently suffered back problems. His highest placement at Worlds was 17th in 2008, and he managed a top-ten finish at the European Championships in 2007. He competed in the recent Vancouver Olympic Games, finishing a disappointing 27th. Urbas says he would eventually like to take part in skating shows.
Here is a Youtube video of Urbas' free skate from the 2008 World Championships: