Angela Nikodinov To Take 2005-06 Season Off

Angela Nikodinov
Photo by Paul Harvath

(7/7/05) - U.S. figure skater Angela Nikodinov announced today plans to take off the 2005-06 figure skating season due to medical reasons. Nikodinov is having trouble with a lingering burn injury to her right hand caused by a car accident on Jan. 12, 2005.

Nikodinov was on her way to the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore., with her parents and coach when their taxi hit another car. Nikodinov's mother, Dolores, was killed instantly, and Angela received road burns to her right hand and arm. Because of her injuries she has not be able to skate since the accident.

“The doctor is not letting me skate at this point,” Nikodinov said. “I was hoping to get back on the ice soon to start working on some easy things, but I was told that if I start and were to fall on my hand it would cause more damage. I could make it much worse than it currently is. I want to have a normal hand for the rest of my life, not just for skating.”

Nikodinov is currently arranging a hand surgery to speed up recovery of the lingering injuries. She will also require skin grafting for the third degree burns. Sensitive areas in her hand result in pain when she simply brushes her hand against another object. After her surgery she expects extensive physical therapy to take a few months before taking to the ice again becomes a realistic possibility.

“It's really hard for me to not be able to skate, because it's all I've done since I was five years old,” Nikodinov said. “It's almost like the routine of my life. But when things like this happen it just puts everything in perspective. U.S. Figure Skating has been really supportive, and I can't thank them enough for their constant support through these difficult times. There's always someone there just a phone call away, so I would like to say thank you to all of the people who have helped me throughout my career.”

Nikodinov is undecided on if she will return to competitive skating. In the meantime she plans to focus on her surgery and repairing her hand. She is currently keeping busy by coaching up-and-coming skaters in Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

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