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All of us got very worried after seeing Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu and Chinese Han Yan colliding very hard during the warm up of the free skating at the Cup of China last week end. Both of them decided to go on with the competition, despite visibly suffering from the collision.
Hanyu got back to Japan as soon as he finished competing, where he was brought to the hospital for some examinations. In a TV interview, Orser said Yuzuru was examined by a doctor of the American team, to be sure he hadn't a concussion. Yan too was interviewed and he seemed to feel better.
Japanese Federation released a public statement concerning Hanyu conditions: in addition to the stitches applied on his head and chin, the Japanese champion sprained is right ankle and suffered some contusions. Doctors' prognosis consists in two or three weeks, putting in serious doubt Hanyu's participation to the NHK Trophy. The young skater is determined to respect all his sports engagements, but he will defer to doctors’ judgement.
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The ISU has fined Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya after she failed to attend the award ceremony at the Cup of China. The forfeiture was due to Lipnitskaya being angry with herself: she was leading after the short program, but made some mistakes during her free skate program and lost the gold medal in favor of her compatriot Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. According to the rules, the participation in the awarding ceremony is mandatory and a skater that fails to attend it is fined by cutting part of his or her prize money. Lipnitskaya earned $13,000 for her second place, however, ISU Vice President David Dore refused to name the exact amount of fine imposed on the 16-year-old Russian figure skater.
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Adelina Sotnikova have to renounce to both her Grand Prix assignments, the Rostelecom Cup and the NHK Trophy. The Olympic champion injured her ankle during a training session, after landing a triple flip. Doctors report an injury to the ankle's ligaments and a prognosis of three weeks.