-- World champion pairs skater Tatiana Totmianina of Russia was in good condition late Saturday after falling headfirst onto the ice during the free skate at Skate America.
Maxim Marinin had just lifted Totmianina into the air in a one-handed lift when they lost their balance. Totmianina tumbled to the ice as the crowd gasped. Paramedics tended to the skater, who lay motionless on her side for a few minutes with her partner hovering over her. She was carried off on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the trauma center at Mercy Hospital.
"The good news for skating fans is she's doing very well tonight," hospital spokeswoman Beth Lawry said. Totmianina was assessed by the hospital's chief of trauma services and admitted overnight for observation, she said.
"We're listing her in good condition, and good is the best you can be if you're going to stay in the hospital," Lawry said. She declined to discuss Totmianina's condition further, citing privacy laws.
Totmianina and Marinin, in first place after the short program, were the last couple to skate in pairs.
Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang of China took first place. Julia Obertas and Sergei Slavnov of Russia were second, and Americans Rena Indue and John Baldwin Jr. were third.
Earlier in the women's final, American Angela Nikodinov skated to a first-place finish after completing 10 jumps while the rest of the field fell -- literally.
Japan's Miki Ando, who led entering the women's free skate, fell while attempting a quadruple salchow and a triple lutz. She ended up third, behind Canada's Cynthia Phaneuf, who also couldn't complete several triple jumps.
After skating little over the last two years following shoulder surgery, Nikodinov arrived at Skate America just hoping to compete.
"To be able to get myself at this level and still not be at my top, it's really going to make me better for nationals," said Nikodinov, who skated last and finished with an overall score of 149.50.
Nikodinov first skated in a senior event in 1996 and has had several top-10 finishes at Skate America. Her longtime coach, Elena Tcherkasskaia, died in 2001 of cancer; Nikodinov now skates with Igor Pashkevich.
"I wanted to come back and prove to [Elena] that I could do it," Nikodinov said with her new coach at her side.
Ando said through an interpreter that she was disappointed she couldn't do what she had set out to perform. Her program was the most difficult, in part because of the quadruple jump. Ando is the first woman to land a quadruple jump in competition.
In ice dancing, Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto won the competition for the second straight year. Dressed in gypsy-inspired costumes, they skated a program with perfectly synchronized turns that brought the crowd to its feet.
They were followed by Israel's Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovski and Canada's Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe.