A doctor in the Chinese delegation confirmed that the injury to
the Olympic pairs silver medallist Zhang Dan had been diagnosed as
ligament strain in her left knee.
"We took Zhang Dan to a local hospital this morning and had a
full check-up. The result was quite optimistic. There is a ligament
strain in her left knee," Ji Chunnan, the doctor in the Chinese
delegation told Xinhua on Tuesday.
Zhang Dan injured her left knee when attempting a throw
quadruple salchow. She opened the jump too early, came out forward
and fell hard, hitting her knee and sliding into the boards.
"There is still pain in my knee, but I felt better now. The
doctor advised me no walking in five days," Zhang said in the
Zhang Dan and her partner Zhan Hao started again to skate after
the interruption of their performance, picking up 125.01 points,
slightly more than their previous personal best of 124.36 points
and defended their second place with a total of 189.73 points.
"Her injury will require at least two weeks off, and gradual
resumption of skating and rehabilitation that could take up to one
month," Ji said.
"I hope the injury will be healed in time to compete at the 2006
World Championships," Zhang Dan said.
The World Championships will be held in Calgary, Canada from
(Xinhua News Agency February 15, 2006)