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Bazarova, Larionov pull out of Euros with injury

Defending pairs silver medalists sidelined by injury to Larionov's hand

Russians Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov will not be in Zagreb to defend their silver medal.
Russians Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov will not be in Zagreb to defend their silver medal. (Getty Images)

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By Klaus-Reinhold Kany, special to icenetwork.com
(01/18/2013) - Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov, the 2012 European silver medalists, have withdrawn from next week's 2013 European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Although no official reason was provided to the ISU (International Skating Union), Alexander Gorshkov, president of the Russian Skating Federation, told a Russian news agency that Larionov has injured his hand and cannot execute lifts.

Bazarova and Larionov won the Russian title in 2012. In a controversial decision, they placed second to Russian world silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov at the 2012 Grand Prix Final in Sochi, despite outperforming their countrymen in the event's free skate.

The pair did not compete at the 2013 Russian Championships because Larionov had broken his skates during an exhibition and had not yet adjusted to his new skates. In Zagreb, they will be replaced by Russian bronze medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, who were third at Cup of China and fifth at Trophée Eric Bompard earlier this season.

This is the latest in a series of withdrawals of high-profile skaters from the 2013 European Championships. Earlier this week, European ice dance champions Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat withdrew due to his groin injury, and 2012 European silver medalist Kiira Korpi withdrew with inflammation to her left Achilles tendon.