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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvian Skater Injured

SOFIA, Bulgaria () -- Latvian skater Jelena Bereznaja was said to be recovering slowly from a severe head injury that caused the Latvian pair to withdraw from the European Championships.


Bereznaja was kicked in the head by the skate of her partner, Oleg Shiliakhov, 11 days ago in practice in St. Petersburg. The duo trains under famed pairs coach, Tamara Moskvina, who has coached a number of former Soviet and Russian champions.


Shiliakhov's skate reportedly went into Bereznaja's skull almost five centimeters during a spin. She was taken to the hospital and has since undergone two operations. The amount of damage to the brain is still undetermined.