Kim Yu-na to sit out Grand Prix events with foot injury
SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- Two-time world figure skating champion Kim Yu-na will sit out the upcoming Grand Prix events with a foot injury, skating officials here said Thursday.
The Korea Skating Union (KSU) said Kim suffered an injury to her metatarsal on her right foot and could be sidelined for up to six weeks.
Kim, the reigning Olympic champion in the ladies' single event, had been slated to compete at Skate Canada International from Oct. 25-27 in Saint John, New Brunswick, and again at the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris from Nov. 15-17, as part of the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.
"If she continues to train hard, her injury could worsen," a KSU official said. "She has to slow down and must receive further treatment. She may need further rehab after her treatment."
The ISU organizes six Grand Prix events each fall and invites skaters based on their results at the most recent world championships. Skaters compete in two Grand Prix events each and earn points based on their placements. The top six skaters in each discipline -- men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs and ice dance -- qualify for the Grand Prix Final.
This year's Grand Prix Final will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, from Dec. 6-8.
Kim last competed in a Grand Prix event during the 2009-2010 season. She won both of her Grand Prix stops, Trophee Eric Bompard and Skate America, and also went on to capture the Grand Prix Final.
After winning her first Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in February 2010 and placing second at the world championships a month later, Kim sat out of the 2010-2011 Grand Prix series, as she was mulling her future career options.
She finished second again at the next world championships in 2011, and then skipped the entire 2011-2012 season, further fueling speculation about her retirement.
Kim returned to competition last December at a minor event called the NRW Trophy in Germany, and then completed her comeback with her second world title in Canada in March.
Kim is trying to defend her Olympic gold in Sochi, Russia, next February, and she had been expected to use her Grand Prix stops to prepare for the Olympics.