Olympic Opening Ceremony dancer Liu Yan seriously hurt after rehearsal

Rumors are swirling that the ‘Silk Road’ solo dancer, who was to dance atop the ‘carpet’ during the Olympic Opening Ceremony, was seriously injured in a fall after a practice and may have permanent damage, possibly never walking again. Liu Yan, a famous Chinese dancer who was suspended above the swirling painting was in the hospital in Beijing following the rehersal. Details are still quite sketchy.

Beijing Olympic organizing committee spokesman Wang Wei acknowledged at the daily press conference today that she was hurt during the accident and remains hospitalized but declined to comment on the reports of her paralysis.

“This is a very private question. I understand that she was seriously injured, but I’m not sure whether she is paralyzed or not,” Wang said.