Sunday, November 18

Injury Status of Hendrickx, Montalbano

Jorik Hendrickx of Belgium had to withdraw from Trophee Eric Bompard this weekend after he injured himself in warm-ups the morning of the free skate. He was in 4th place after a solid short program, but fell awkwardly on a double Axel off the ice and originally believed that he had just sprained his ankle. Today, he found out that it is actually broken and doctors suggest that he take six full weeks off the ice. If he returns around the beginning of January, he will have three or so weeks to prepare for the European Championships in Zagreb. For now, Hendrickx is questionable for the event.

The Israeli pair of Danielle Montalbano and Evgeny Krasnopolsky also suffered a setback when Montalbano broke her fibula during a practice session. It is suggested that she sit out for at least two months. If this is the case, the team would miss the European Championships and likely miss all other qualifying events to the World Championships. They have not yet met the technical score minimum for the short program and would not be able to participate at Worlds unless the ISU lowered the required score. On top of that, not competing at the 2013 World Championships means that the only way the team would be able to compete at the 2014 Olympic Games would be to earn one of the final four spots available at the designated Olympic qualifying competition next fall. Montalbano and Kransnopolsky competed at Skate America and finished in 7th place.

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