Michelle Kwan Cleared To Resume Skating

Withdraws From Cup Of China, But Back To On-Ice Training
Michelle Kwan at the 2005 World Championships
Photo by Michelle Wojdyla

(10/25/05) - Five-time World and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, off the ice the past two weeks with a strained ligament in her right hip, has been cleared to resume skating. Complete recovery is expected to take up to one month, so Kwan has withdrawn from the 2005 Cup of China, Nov. 3-6, in Beijing, China.

“There has been significant improvement in Michelle's condition over the past two weeks and she is ready to start back with limited on-ice activities,” said Dr. Leisure Yu of Loma Linda, Calif., an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. “Over the next weeks she will continue the rehabilitation process and gradually increase her ice time as the injury continues to heal.”

Kwan withdrew from the 2005 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic and 2005 Smart Ones Skate America earlier this season to allow her strained ligament time to heal.

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