Martin suffered broken elbow, leg cuts

Updated: May 13, 2004, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- U.S. figure skater Josh Martin was hit by a car while roller-blading on his way to practice, leaving him with a broken elbow and leg cuts.

The hit-and-run accident happened Wednesday in St. Petersburg as he was heading toward his training session with coach Tamara Moskvina, Martin said. He had surgery on his right elbow.

Martin said from his bed at Vreden Hospital that he doesn't remember much of the accident, other than that the car was red.

Martin and Janey Mayne won the silver medal in junior pairs at the U.S. nationals in 2002. He now has teamed with Yoko Kawaguchi of Japan for seniors competitions.

"I'm very sad, as well as my partner," he said. "Such a fracture would be OK for a writer or an engineer, but for my occupation it's much more serious."

He said he and Kawaguchi hope to work for several years with Moskvina, who trained the 2002 Olympic pairs champions, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze.

Martin said he and Kawaguchi hope to represent Japan in international events.

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