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Pechalat breaks nose, status for worlds uncertain

French ice dancer to undergo surgery Thursday

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat have medaled at all five of their competitions this season.
Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat have medaled at all five of their competitions this season. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(03/14/2012) - French ice dancer Nathalie Pechalat broke her nose in practice Tuesday, leaving the participation of her and partner Fabian Bourzat in the upcoming World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France, in doubt, according to a French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG) press release.

A statement released Wednesday by the FFSG explains that Pechalat was "seriously injured" after suffering a broken nose during the execution of the team's final sequence of its free dance.

Pechalat said in the press release (translated from French): "What happened to me is a disaster ... The shock was violent and painful. It was bleeding profusely, and I was very afraid, even more so when the doctors talked about a bad break."

The French federation stated that Pechalat will undergo an operation Thursday morning and will continue to train appropriately given the seriousness of her injury.

Pechalat and Bourzat, who train in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., under a team of coaches headed by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova, are the reigning two-time European champions and have finished on the podium at all five of their events this season. A medal at worlds has eluded them, however, as they have placed a career-best fourth at the event in each of the last two seasons.

The short dance at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships, the first event in which Pechalat and Bourzat would have to compete, begins two weeks from today.