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Pairs skater Nam retires because of hip injury

LOS ANGELES -- Naomi Nari Nam, who went from 13-year-old national medalist in singles to a medalist in pairs, has retired from competitive figure skating.

The 23-year-old Nam won the bronze medal at the 2007 national championships with partner Themistocles Leftheris. A decade earlier, she was the silver medalist in singles behind Michelle Kwan.

But a series of injuries slowed her career and now has forced her to give up competitive skating.

"Recently, I received some sad news from my doctors," she said. "After successful hip surgery last year, the new cartilage in my hip is being compressed when I skate. By continuing, I risk damaging it again. So it is with heavy heart, and the consideration for my future health, that I have decided to retire from competitive skating."

Nam returned from her early injury problems in 2003 as a singles skater, but soon turned to pairs. In 2005, she and Letheris teamed up.

Leftheris is looking for another partner.