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Chen injures hip in gala exhibition, status uncertain

Newly crowned U.S. bronze medalist was to undergo tests Sunday night
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Nathan Chen's availability for future competitions is up in the air after the skater suffered a hip injury during the Skating Spectacular in Saint Paul. -Jay Adeff

Newly crowned U.S. bronze medalist Nathan Chen injured himself while performing his exhibition to Aerosmith's "Dream On" during the Skating Spectacular at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Sunday.

According to Peter Zapalo, U.S. Figure Skating's sports science and medicine director, the 16-year-old Chen aggravated a pre-existing left hip injury while attempting the first jump in the program, a triple toe. Chen stopped his performance and skated off the ice. He was immediately attended to by medical personnel and taken to a nearby hospital for tests.

U.S. Figure Skating spokesperson Renee Felton said more information would be provided as it became available.

Earlier on Sunday, U.S. Figure Skating's International Committee announced Chen would compete at both the 2016 World Junior Championships and 2016 World Championships.

Chen made history in Saint Paul by landing six quadruple jumps in his programs, including two in his short program and four in his free skate. Eighth in the U.S. last year, he is enjoying a season of relative good health following a series of injuries involving his growth plate.

"All of the injuries I've had over the past two years -- my knee, my shoulder, my foot, my hip -- they are all the same issues with the growth plate," Chen said last week. "It was really annoying; it kind of frustrated me a lot."

Chen arrived in Saint Paul still troubled by his hip. He received physical therapy during the competition.

"He is almost well, but not 100 percent," his coach, Rafael Arutunian, said. "He is still growing, and his hip still gives him trouble. We are watching the hip and managing it."