On FSU there is a report by a very reliable reporter that Michelle is scheduled to have hip surgery in Colorado Springs, Colorado shortly after COI ends.
I heard this rumor a while back but it was really just that - a rumor. I am somewhat relieved although I know the risks - her hip wasn't healing with rest. Her only hope at recovery is a miracle of modern medicine. I will pray she will still be able to skate on her own terms.
I'm not surprised if it is true. IMO, she just should have cut out all skating after 2003 Worlds regardless of commercial commitments. Even COI without jumps has taken more of a toll on her body.
We don't know exactly what the surgery is at this point. Does anyone? If it's
hip(s) replacements, it will be several months recuperation, and then??????
Rudy's did well. He is able to skate but limits some things.
I think something that was missing was put in Alexei's hip area and he is skating well, but limited.
Surgery of any kind is risky. I wish Michelle the best.
Yagudin, though, reports being in a lot of pain, but IIRC, Galindo's surgery alleviated the pain (or as much pain as anyone who makes a living using his/her body full force can have alleviated).
Lovin' the Kween ... Now and Forever
I am actually heartened to hear this news. Her injury was obviously not healing with rest. Hopefully it will be successful and she will be able to skate once again without pain. Who knows if competitive skating will ever be an option for her again, but even skating without jumping had become extremely difficult for her to do.
I wish her the best ... she will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Kwan has always been one of my favorite skaters.
I hope this hip surgery helps tremendously, and that she has a quick recovery.
Even if Michelle retires afterwards, she will always be the Kween of figure skating!
Sorry to hear that about Alexei. He is so fanatic about skating. really sad.
Originally Posted by hockeyfan228
On a personal note, I had knee replacements. I no longer have pain but I can not run or jump easily. Prosthesus does limit movements, but eliminates pain.
Tara's problem was that her hip flexor muscle became detached. After the surgery, doctors warned her to stay off the ice for an extended period (3-6 months), but she was back performing in COI within 6 weeks, and because of that she developed arthritis in the hip.
Alexei's problem was a congenitally malformed hip where the head of the femur rubbed against the socket and was gradually worn away. Surgery helped him somewhat, but he will always have pain in that hip. He, too, returned to skating too soon after the surgery.
We don't know what Michelle's specific problem is, but obviously she is going to take care of herself and have a long vacation from skating after the surgery, so perhaps she will be able to make a complete recovery. As to whether she will be able to compete again as an eligible, that is unknown. However, maybe her availability to skate as a pro and do pro competitions will bring more pro competitions back to TV.
I just hope that all goes well, and that Michelle recovers completely and rapidly. After surgery, Michelle will be in a better condition to make the decisions that will affect the rest of her life.