Russian article on Irina (not good news)
New article found while browsing around FSU... appartnely Irina has been extremely sick with flu-like symptoms and a 104 degree temperature... I cannot read Russian and the babblefish translation is too bizarre for words, but I'm hoping some other posters can provide better insight into her condition...
Again, I say, life is so not fair...
Here's sending Irina good vibes for a speedy recovery...
I hope that she recovers quickly and completely.
Originally Posted by attyfan
Lovin' the Kween ... Now and Forever
I wish her all the best.
Thankfully, the ladies event is last, so she still has some time to recover and get some training in.
I totally agree... what the heck is going on this season?!?
Originally Posted by nymkfan51
Figure Skating Is A Dangerous Sport
Slutskaya is again under the doctors' care
12:56 / January 30
In 2005, Irina Slutskaya became the winter sports representative to be named one of the top ten athletes of Russia. Once the skater, accompanied by the President of the Russian Figure skating Federation Valentin Piseev, appeared at the "Silver Doe" award ceremony which has been instituted by the Federation of Sports Maganizes of Russia, she immediately found herself in a bear hug of Galina Gorohova who now heads the Russian Athletes Union.
Close to the stage, the seven time European champion bumped into the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev, and sat down in the first row close by. Despite the tradition that the winners receive their awards in the form of the silver doe figurine in alphabetical order, the organizers started off by inviting Slutskaya up on stage.
"I am very proud to be here", said Ira hugging her award. "I promise to win something else. Just give your fingers crossed for us!" with that, the famous athlete was gone from the ceremony.
On the eve of the ceremony, Irina got a temperature of 40 (104F). Zhanna Gromova's student managed to lower her temperature, but only agreed to come to the Olympic Committee event if she'd be awarded first, writes "Zhizn'" magazine. As it turns out, it's still the after effects of the flue that Irina suffered from during the Russian Nationals. It seems that skipping Kazan' and staying in bed instead, she managed to get back on her feet. So much so, that in January she brillliantly won the European Championships. Irina won the title of the best lady skater of the Old World for the seventh time, beating the records of two great athletes - Sonia Henie and Katarina Witt.
However, after returning from Lyon Slutskaya had to again go to the doctors, who prescribed more bed rest. By the way, the doctors are still ambiguous about methods for treating vice-champin of 2002 Olympics.
"I am the only one who should know how to treat Irina", said the figure skating team doctor Victor Anikanov. "I wouldn't want to talk about Irina's health. It's not the nicest conversation. The Olympics, after all, are just around the corner. Trust me, I'll do all I can to get the athlete back to her full strength".
One thing I know about lady skaters is that they're all tough (think Irina, Tanja Szewczenko...). I hope Irina gets well very soon so that she (and the others as well) have the performance of their lives!
Here's to a ladies' competition that we will all enjoy!
Thank you Ptichka...
Originally Posted by Ptichka
Wow... this sounds more serious than I orignally thought... very concerning and scary. I hope she's receiving proper medical care and is up & about very soon!!!
Mr. Michelle Kwan
Aha! My plan is working!
Seriously, I hope Irina gets better in time for Torino.
thx for the translation.
Once again, I'm confident she'll be up to the challenge. The official start of the Games is only a week away, but the ladies competition is still a little less than a month away. Plenty of time to recover and train again.
It would be such a shame if Irina is sidelined in any way this close to the Olympics. I wish her a full recovery so she can give it her all.
Lovin' the Kween ... Now and Forever
Actually, the ladies SP is just 19 days from now.
Originally Posted by Red Dog