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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Krylova's Back Keeps Her Off Track




Double world champion ice dancer Anjelika Krylova has said her spinal injury had finally responded to treatment, although she will not resume skating this season.


"I'm feeling a lot better at the moment than I was just a couple of weeks ago," Krylova said Tuesday from a Moscow hospital where she is undergoing treatment for a nagging injury that worsened after she returned from the United States last month.


"At least now I can move freely around the room and the doctors even allowed me to go home for a few days," said Krylova, who was admitted to the hospital in mid-December.


The original injury occurred four years ago in training in Moscow and the problem has flared up again.


"I have had various problems with my back since childhood," the Russian skater said. "I had scoliosis [abnormal spine curvature], then a disc hernia and now it's a slipped disc in my lower back.


"But the doctors have ruled out surgery completely because you don't want to take any chances with the spine."


Krylova plans to leave the hospital within 10 days and then start training for next season.


Her skating partner, Oleg Ovsyannikov, has denied Russian media suggestions that they are avoiding meeting their main rivals, French duo Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat.


When the Russians won the world championship in Helsinki, Finland, by a narrow margin last March, the French protested, saying a Chinese judge may have illegally changed his vote after the intervention of the Russian referee. The French protest was rejected.


This season, Krylova and Ovsyannikov would have likely faced a much tougher fight for their title with two major championships taking place in France.


The world championship will be held in Nice in March, while the Grand Prix finals start this week in Lyon.


Krylova, however, has no fears about future opposition, saying: "I have seen the new programs of all the top ice-dancing couples this season and none of them were able to impress me. I know if I'm healthy we can skate with anyone, on any rink anywhere."