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Figure skating: American Cain suffers nasty fall in Croatia

FILE PHOTO: Ashley Cain of the U.S. performs during the ladies short program at the Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Moscow November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/File Photo

(Reuters) - American pairs figure skater Ashley Cain suffered a scary fall at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia on Friday after her partner Timothy LeDuc appeared to lose his grip on her at the end of an overhead lift during their long program.

The back of Cain’s head hit the ice before LeDuc fell on top of her. The 23-year-old initially appeared unconscious when LeDuc lifted her head off the ice but she got up and they completed their program.

Cain said on Twitter that she had been released from hospital and would continue her recovery back home.

“Thank you for all of your love and for supporting us! The medical team and staff were wonderful,” she said.

Cain, who has been skating with LeDuc since May 2016, is the 2018 Four Continents silver medalist and 2017 U.S. national bronze medallist.

Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford