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Kim Yu-na Battling Tailbone Injury

Posted March. 21, 2007 07:12,   

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The 2007 World Figure Skating Championships started at the Tokyo Stadium in Sibuya and will continue for six days until March 25. Medal contender Kim Yu-na (17, Gunpo Suri High School) is still struggling with a tailbone injury, however. She said, “I hope I can finish my program without pain.”

A fall in Canada–

The highlight of the World Figure Skating Championships in 4 disciplines, men’s and women’s singles, pairs, and ice dancing, is indisputably the women’s singles. Experts forecast that Kim Yu-na, Mao Asada (Japan), and Kimmie Meissner (18, U.S.) will be the main medal contenders.

Asada and Meissner started practicing for the free skate program after finishing their practices for the short program on March 19. However, Kim did not even finish her practice for the short. She had to stop because of severe pain after trying a triple jump while dozens of cameras were focused on her.

According to her mother, Kim feels much better now thanks to the intensive care she has received so far. While training in Canada on March 16, two days before coming to Tokyo, however, she fell on her backside. She has had pain in her tailbone since then.

A plan to take anesthetics–

A medical team was dispatched from an Oriental hospital, which took care of her previous backache, to treat Kim’s tailbone injury. Chief Shin Joon-sik said, “Her injury has been aggravated every time she falls on her backside. She can’t even sit sometimes when it gets serious.”

Shin is planning to apply acupuncture and physiotherapy twice in the morning and evening until March 23 when the women’s singles start. In the worst case, Kim is determined to skate with the help of a local anesthetic.

Whenever there is a crisis, Kim emerged stronger. She won the Senior Grand Prix Final despite being in her worst physical condition last December.

In the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships, the fifth held in Japan, 192 skaters from 46 countries, including 46 skaters from 38 countries for women’s singles, are participating.



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