U.S. champion Karen Chen suffered a knee injury two weeks ago in an on-ice collision with another skater while training for the upcoming figure skating World Championships, she revealed Monday.

“It was a scary moment for me,” Chen said in a teleconference with reporters. “It came out of nowhere and neither of us expected it.”

Chen, 17, has just started feeling comfortable on the ice again when a junior-level skater — in other words, an experienced competitor — crashed into her right knee. It caused a deep bruise but Chen said she has fully recovered and has continued training under coach Tammy Gambill in Riverside.

“Things like this don’t happen as frequently as you’d think,” Chen said. “I felt bad for her. I’m glad she’s fine. I forgive her. It wasn’t really her fault. Things like this just happen.”

Chen has been regrouping since getting new skates and some new footwork as she prepares for her first senior World Championships, March 29-April 2, in Helsinki.

It comes at a stressful time for the Fremont teen who shocked the skating community by winning the national title in January. The United States needs to have its top two skaters at the World Championships finish with a combined total of no more than 13 to earn three places for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The Americans are counting on Ashley Wagner, Mariah Bell and Chen to get them the three Olympic spots. Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva is favored to become the first woman to repeat as world champion since Michelle Kwan in 2000 and 2001. Second-ranked Satoko Miyahara had to withdraw because of a hip injury, Japanese media reported Monday.

Chen, who learned to skate at Sharks Ice in Fremont, plans to enter the competition without any expectations after finishing 12th at the Four Continents event in South Korea. She got …read more

Source:: East Bay – Sports

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