Monday, October 7, 2013

Ice Skater Kim Yu-na Sidelined With Foot Injury

Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na will miss the Grand Prix season after injuring her right foot. 
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Kim will be out up to six weeks because of an injured metatarsal, citing the Korea Skating Union. The 23 year old was having pain since mid-August and the news agency quoted an unnamed KSU official who said that if Kim continued to train her condition would worsen. She will continue to do light training. 
Kim was to skate next at Skate Canada next month, then at Trophee Eric Bompard November 15-17 in Paris. She has withdrawn from both events, according to the International Skating Union.
For Kim, the timing of this injury is less than convenient. The Sochi Olympics are less than five months away, but layoffs have traditionally had little effect on the skating champion in the past.
Kim's gold at the Vancouver Games in 2010 was the highlight of a dominating two year span the sport has not seen. During that time frame she lost just one match and her performances at Vancouver set records that may never be topped. When she stepped away after the 2011 World Championships, there was speculation she might retire.
Kim returned for the World Championships last March and even with a two year break from major competitions, she looked as dazzling and technical as she had before. Her scores in the short and long programs are surpassed only by the records she set in Vancouver. Her 20 point victory was the largest at worlds since the current scoring system went in place in 2005.
Kim has said she will retire after the Sochi Olympics and is attempting to be the first woman since Katarina Witt to repeat as an Olympic champion.
Reference: NBC Bay Area
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