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Figure Skater Weiss Injures Foot

October 3, 2000

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Michael Weiss, the two-time U.S. figure skating champion, has withdrawn from Skate America with a broken foot.

Weiss sustained a stress fracture to the third metacarpal of his left foot on Monday. He withdrew Tuesday from the first event of the Grand Prix circuit, which is scheduled for Colorado Springs from Oct. 26-29.

The world championships bronze medalist is expected to be off the ice for up to six weeks.

``My foot has been bothering me for a few weeks, so I went to my doctor,″ Weiss said. ``The X-rays showed that continuous pounding on my foot has caused a stress fracture.

``It’s just a setback. Trust me. I have been through it before, so I know how to handle it. The doctor said it has already started to heal, so I hope to be back on the ice very soon.″

Last season, Weiss had a stress fracture in his left ankle, but came back to win his second consecutive U.S title in Cleveland. Weiss also won his second straight bronze medal at worlds.

Next on Weiss’ schedule is the Cup of Russia in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 16-19. A replacement for Weiss at Skate America has not been selected.

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