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The Inside Edge: Zhang recovering after surgery

Olympic bronze medalist Candeloro narrowly avoids tragic helicopter crash
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Caroline Zhang hopes to be ready for the 2016-17 season after undergoing hip surgery. -Jay Adeff

Caroline Zhang had a March 3 surgery to correct congenital hip dysplasia and femoral acetabular impingement. She said that the condition had caused a labral tear in her right hip that couldn't be repaired until she had the surgery, which took place at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

"It went well," Zhang emailed yesterday. "It was a periacetabular osteotomy. Essentially, they cut your pelvis apart and reposition it so that the socket is covering the femoral head again. I'm feeling okay; I had allergic reactions to the dressing they used and to the pain medication, so I'm still in the hospital, but definitely doing better now."

Zhang says the recovery time is nine to 12 months, so she will miss next season. She'll be non-weight bearing for 12 weeks, and will be cleared to skate after further physical therapy.

"They previously had told me that I had to wait a year so that I could get the screws removed before skating again," she said. "But my surgeon said that if they don't bother me, I can begin skating and jumping with the screws in me still. I would like to be competing again in the 2016-17 season."

Zhang has been supported throughout by her best friend Grant Hochstein.

"Grant has been an amazing support for me during and after the surgery. He stayed at the hospital with me every night and has helped out in my therapy sessions so that he can help me get around once I'm released from the hospital," Zhang said. "It really helps to know that there are people who care about you when you are making the decision to have this type of surgery since you know you will need help with the recovery process." 

Pairs skater Zack Sidhu also had surgery -- on his elbow -- March 4. We plan to have an update from him in the next Inside Edge.

Candeloro narrowly misses horrific copter crash

Philippe Candeloro, the 1994 and '98 Olympic bronze medalist, is lucky to be alive today. Candeloro is currently a contestant on the French reality show Dropped, filming in Argentina. Ten people died March 9 in a crash involving two helicopters; among the dead were Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine.

According to a French article on huffingtonpost.fr, Candeloro was waiting for the next helicopter ride, blindfolded as part of the game, only 400 meters from the crash. He took off the blindfold and ran to the crash site, but it was too late to help the victims.

Olympic baby?

Oksana Baiul appeared to be significantly pregnant on the red carpet at the Black & White Ball benefitting the Nevada Ballet Theater at the end of January. In a recent interview with the Ukrainian news site TRIBUNA, Baiul said she lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Carlo Farina, who is an investor and producer. She didn't mention a baby and requests for an interview went unanswered. We hope she shares some happy news soon!

Gold in Ice Chips

Tickets are now on sale for the Skating Club of Boston's Ice Chips show April 11 and 12 at Harvard University's Bright Arena. Guest star Gracie Gold joins club members Ross Miner, DeeDee Leng, Simon Shnapir, Alex Shaughnessy, Jimmy Morgan and a host of others.

Dance and Ice

Parker Pennington's latest Skate Dance Dream show takes place March 28 in Jamestown, New York, at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Skaters performing include Kaitlin Hawayek, Jean-Luc Baker, Courtney Hicks and Hannah Miller. Dancers, all from the reality contest So You Think You Can Dance, include Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, Ashleigh DiLello, Ryan DiLello, Audrey Case and our personal favorite, Amelia Lowe. One hundred young local skaters will also perform. 

Ice

The brutal winter has taken a toll on skating rinks in New England. The Boston Globe reported that the roof of the Metropolis Skating Rink in Canton, Massachusetts, collapsed Feb. 28. Young hockey players and parents fled at the first ominous creaks and there were no injuries. A busy Learn-To-Skate session had been scheduled for later that morning. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which owns the rink as well as many others, has closed several other rinks deemed to be at risk of collapse from the weight of snow and ice.

Earlier in February, five people were trapped by a mass of snow falling off the roof of the Simoni Rink in Cambridge.

Hang in there, spring is coming!