From Concussion to Comeback: Figure Skating National Champs

Feb 26, 2019

Figure skating pair Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc turned heads with their gold medal-winning routine at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit earlier this year, marking their formal comeback after a terrifying fall left Cain hospitalized with a concussion, and the team's skating future in jeopardy. 

On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Cain and LeDuc about their comback, goals, and passions.

"It was really challenging to come back and face our fears after a traumatic fall like that," LeDuc says, referencing Cain's fall during the team's routine at the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb competition in Croatia. "But without a doubt what got me through was seeing Ashley's courage day to day."

LeDuc and Crain credit their camaraderie, open communication, and strong relationship with their coaching team for their full return, which will continue as the pair serve as the only U.S. representatives at the World Figure Skating Championship in Japan next month, and as they keep their eyes on the ultimate prize: skating on Olympic ice in 2022.