Leonova has withdrawn from Skate Canada

Alena Leonova

2012 World silver medalist Alena Leonova of Russia has withdrawn from 2013 Skate Canada, which will be held from October 25–27, 2013.

A little over a week ago, during a training session, Leonova got a foot injury. Medical examination showed that there is no serious damage but for a full recovery and elimination of pain it was recommended to undergo a course of treatment and reduce physical exertion.

Terms of complete recovery have coincided with the preparation for the ISU Grand Prix stage Skate Canada, so the skater will miss this event, says the official website of the Russian skater.

“I performed a simple and familiar to me exercise in the gym and sprained the ankle. At first I thought that everything is okay and even finished the training session, “ Leonova commented. “But by evening the pain intensified and the next day we decided to be examined. The worst fears were not confirmed but doctors prescribed me procedures and told to reduce the workload. I understand clear that as long as the foot hurts, I just can’t go on the ice and train in full strength.” she continued.

“Of course, it is very sad that I don’t have time to prepare for my first Grand Prix event of this season. However, I will try my best to be ready for the NHK Trophy.” she added.

Leonova’s next Grand Prix stage, NHK Trophy, will be held in Tokyo, Japan from November 8-10, 2013.

Photo: Nick Verreos

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