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Russian Skater Does Not Remember Head-First Fall

Reigning world skating pairs champion Tatiana Totmianina says she does not remember what happened leading up to her head-first fall to the ice at the Skate America Grand Prix event Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

The 22-year-old Russian fell when her partner, Maxim Marinin, was holding her high over his head in a one-hand lift during their free skate program. She hit the ice face first and was knocked unconscious by the fall. Totmianina was carried off the ice on a stretcher before being rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

Doctors diagnosed a concussion, but her neurological exam was normal. She was kept overnight for observation and released from the hospital on Sunday. Totmianina says she is still in some pain, but is anxious to return to the ice.

She and Mirinin have skated together for eight years, and plan to continue competing together. Their coach, Oleg Vasiliev, says he believes she can return to training in Chicago in as little as 10 days.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.