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Docs Order Skater Yagudin To Rest

November 2, 2002

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QUEBEC CITY (AP) _ Olympic skating champion Alexei Yagudin has been ordered to rest for three-to-six weeks while he attempts to recover from a career-threatening hip injury.

Tatiana Tarasova, Yagudin’s coach, said Friday that doctors in New York have told the skater to rest before they re-evaluate him. The Russian has said his ailment is a degenerative condition from birth.

``I don’t know what’s next,″ Tarasova said. ``Three-to-six weeks, (then) we don’t know.″

She said she hopes to start training with Yagudin immediately after the rest period.

Yagudin was leading after the short program when pulled out of last week’s Skate America. He said the pain in his right hip made it impossible to continue.

An emotional Yagudin admitted the injury could force him to retire.

He withdrew from Skate Canada on Thursday.

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