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Meagan Duhamel, of Lively, Ont., is helped by partner Craig Buntin, of Kelowna, B.C., after a fall during the pairs free skating program at Skate America in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday. ((Mike Groll/Asociated Press))

Canadian pair Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin withdrew from Skate America on Saturday when she fell hard to the ice and reinjured her right leg.

Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., landed on her shoulder, then banged her head on the ice on a throw triple loop. Buntin immediately skated over and helped her to her feet and she was wobbly as she went to the sideboards.

But Buntin, from Kelowna, B.C., said it was her leg, not her head that was bothering her. Buntin said Duhamel has had problems with the leg, including a few stress fractures. She told Buntin that her head and shoulder were fine.

"It's an old injury," he said, "and on the throw loop her foot stuck in the ice. She said she couldn't feel her leg at first.

"After the camel spin, she almost stopped, as well. But she said her head is OK. I've known Meagan for years and we all know she has a very thick head."

Canadian team manager Louis Stong said doctors suspect Duhamel sustained a concussion from the fall. Doctors were to re-evaluate her ankle on Sunday.

The pairs competition was won by China's two-time Olympic silver medallists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.

Shen and Zhao were nowhere near as clean or impressive as in their sensational short program the previous day. Both blamed that on a lack of sleep.

"Three hours," Zhao said, then wiped his brow.

"Today, the free program was very hard for us," his partner and wife added.

Still, they added their first Skate America title to their victory at the Cup of China two weeks ago. Not a bad way to start a comeback after retiring two years ago.

Ukraine's Tatiana Volosozahar and Stanislav Morozov were a distant second.