Did you all see the feature on Irina Slutskaya which aired Sunday along with the Cup of Russia. I know we had a thread on this a while back, but even so I had not realized how serious, even life-threatening, her health problems were and still are. Now she has some kind of mysterious disease of the blood which the doctors believe was brought on by stress. They are projecting a recovery time of 6 months to a year. As for returning to competiton, right now they will be content just to make sure that the pain in her joints will subside enough that she can walk and move about normally.
Irina, always upbeat, talked about the two months she spent in a hospital bed with inflamation around her heart. She joked that she read all sorts of things on the Internet about herself -- "I broke my leg, I broke my neck, my heart stopped."
Irina quote: "I hope some people like me and will never forget me."
Yes, we do, and no, we won't.
PS. The background music for this feature was the end titles to Shawshank Redemption -- Hope, against all odds. Why doesn't anyone skate to that great music?