11 October 2013

Alexander Smirnov injured, Olympics in doubt

As already announced yesterday, unfortunately Russian pairs skater Alexander Smirnov suffered a serious knee injury while, with partner Yuko Kavaguti, was presenting the pair's Olympic short program at the Panin Memorial in St. Petersburg, their first competition of the season. 

According to the pair's coach, Tamara Moskvina, Sasha teared the patellar tendon of his right knee. The typical recovery time for an injury of this nature is about six months, putting in serious doubt the couple's participation at the Olympics in Sochi. Kavaguti and Smirnov were scheduled to compete at two Grand Prix events, Skate Canada and the NHK Trophy.

It seems that Sasha will soon undergo surgery and that there are hopes to reduce the time of recovery to two months, but Olympics are still in doubt.

We wish Sasha a speedy recovery!

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