Ice skating: Main's withdrawal ends British interest
Thursday 25 March 1999
The Edinburgh skater injured knee ligaments while breaking in new boots earlier this month and had to withdraw at the last minute. No other British woman skater was considered by the British National Ice Skating Association to be strong enough to substitute for Main in Helsinki.
The leaders after the qualifying stage are the American world champion, Michelle Kwan, Russia's European champion, Maria Butyrskaya, and Tatiana Malinina, from Uzbekistan. Kwan led Group A ahead of the Frenchwoman Vanessa Gusmeroli, while Butyrskaya led Malinina in Group B.
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