Paul Wylie

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Paul Wylie: I survived by the narrowest of margins

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Paul Wylie, the 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist, said he survived his sudden cardiac arrest April 21 and resulting medically induced coma “by the narrowest of margins,” according to Icenetwork.com.

Wylie, 50, told his story at U.S. Figure Skating’s Champs Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., to active American skaters on Saturday, according to the report.

U.S. skaters are training in preparation for the Grand Prix season, which starts with Skate America, Oct. 23-25 in Milwaukee

Here’s more on Wylie from Icenetwork:

In April, Wylie was running sprints with some friends when he collapsed. Fortunately for Wylie, one of the guys he was running with was trained in CPR and performed chest compressions for about five minutes before an ambulance arrived. Paramedics tried using a defibrilator to resuscitate Wylie but were unsuccessful. It was only when he received an injection that rescue workers were able to revive Wylie. He was then put into a medically induced coma, from which he didn’t wake up for a couple of days.

“By the narrowest of margins,” Wylie said, “I survived.”

He awoke on April 23 with his wife, Kate, holding his hand. Wylie had no idea where he was (he was in a hospital not far from his Charlotte home), and his wife had to fill him in on what had happened.

“She said, ‘Your heart stopped,’ and the ambulance came and brought you here,” Wylie said. “I said, ‘An ambulance? That’s expensive!'”

Paul Wylie provides update from hospital

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Paul Wylie said he was “doing much better” but still hospitalized following a sudden cardiac arrest last Tuesday, according to a Facebook post.

The 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist, now 50, said he had five tests, all of which showed “a very healthy heart” and that he was for a time in a medically induced coma.

At Albertville 1992, Wylie was a surprise silver medalist behind Viktor Petrenko. He was 10th at the 1988 Olympics and never finished better than ninth at a World Championships.

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Paul Wylie ‘resting comfortably’ after heart problem

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Paul Wylie, a 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist, suffered a heart problem Tuesday, according to his wife, Kate.

“Paul experienced an unexpected heart abnormality while exercising with friends early Tuesday morning,” she said in a statement, according to Icenetwork.com. “He is currently being cared for by Charlotte’s best cardiac physicians. He is resting comfortably as we wait for the outcome of the tests and a treatment plan is put in place.”

Wylie, now 50, was a surprise silver medalist behind Viktor Petrenko at Albertville 1992. He was 10th at the 1988 Olympics and never finished better than ninth at a World Championships.