"Moscow, December 26 - RIA "Novosti". The figure skaters Yuka
Kawaguchi-Alexadner Smirnov are forced to withdraw from Russian
Nationals (January 4-7, Mytischi) due to Kawaguchi's injury.
The president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation Valentin Piseev
confirmed over the phone that Kawaguchi fell on a throw in practice
last Sunday and injured ligament on her ankle. The skater received a
retentive (?) bandage. The swelling on her leg is already reduced,
but the doctors recommended her 2-3 weeks rest.
The specialists considered Kawaguchi-Smirnov as one of the contenders
for the national title in pairs skating competitions and for a place
in the national team. The European Championships starts in Warsaw on
January 22 and according to Piseev the chances of Kawaguchi-Smirnov to
compete there are currently "unclear".