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U.S. Skating Duo Hurt in Practice

March 30, 1998

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Jason Dungjen, two-time U.S. pairs champion with Kyoko Ina, was injured during practice and will decide today whether to compete at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Dungjen fractured the bone above his right eye Sunday night as he and Ina were practicing a triple twist. Dungjen throws Ina high into the air, she spins around three times and then he catches her as she comes back down. But Ina’s elbow caught Dungjen in the head, breaking the bone.

The pair had a similar mishap earlier this season, leaving Dungjen with a black eye.

Dungjen was treated at Riverside Fairview Hospital and released. He will decide whether to compete after being re-evaluated, said Heather Linhart, spokeswoman for the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

The pairs competition begins Tuesday night with the short program.

Ina and Dungjen finished fourth at the Olympics. With bronze medalists Mandy Woetzel and Ingo Steuer of Germany skipping the world championships, the Americans were favored to win a medal.

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