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Pairs figure skater suffers scary fall during overhead lift

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.

American Ashley Cain hits head on ice after partner appears to lose grip

American pairs figure skater Ashley Cain (seen in this October file photo) suffered a scary fall at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia on Friday. Cain's head hit the ice after her partner Timothy LeDuc appeared to lose his grip, following and overhead lift. (Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

 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 medallist and 2017 U.S. national bronze medallist. 

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