Reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion Yuna Kim of South Korea has a right foot injury that will sideline her for six weeks, according to a Korean news reports.
The Yonhap news agency said the injury will force Kim to miss her two scheduled Grand Prix competitions this fall, Skate Canada in New Brunswick and the Bompard Trophy in Paris.
Yonhap quoted a Korean Skating Union official as saying, "If she continues to train hard, her injury could worsen. She has to slow down and must receive further treatment. She may need further rehab after her treatment."
The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported Kim first felt pain in her foot in August and saw a doctor when it worsened in September. KBS quoted the skater's doctor as saying she has bruised bones due to repetitive jumping but the injury was not serious.
The Seoul Broadcasting System said there was nothing broken and no damage to ligaments or muscles.
Unlike reigning men's champion Evan Lysacek of the United States, Kim does not have to compete before the 2014 Olympics in February because qualifying rules allow a skater to get the required technical scores for the Winter Games in an international event during the current or previous season.
Lysacek has not competed since the 2010 Olympics.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun