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Slutskaya returning to Russia because of pregnancy

DENVER, Colorado: Two-time Olympic skating medalist Irina Slutskaya will leave the Champions on Ice tour because she is expecting her first child.

The 28-year-old Slutskaya will be staying at her home in Russia during her pregnancy. Slutskaya and her husband, Sergei Micheev, are expecting their first child this autumn. Slutskaya married Micheev, a Russian fitness instructor, in 1999.

Slutskaya has been treated for vasculitis, an ailment which results in the inflammation of the blood vessels.

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