At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, American Evan Lysacek won the men's singles figure skating gold medal without a single quadruple jump, while Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, who did have a quad in his program, took home silver. Four years later, this sort of scenario never materialized: Every top male competitor in…
Evgeni Plushenko is the closest thing Russia has to royalty anymore, and the celebrated Olympic figure skater's withdrawal today is a shock to the Winter Games host nation. Here's the live coverage from Россия-1, with commentators slowly realizing Plushenko's Olympic career was ending before their eyes, and reporting…
Legendary Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko will not be competing for a medal in the men's individual figure skating event after all. When Plushenko took the ice to begin his short program today, he skated over to the judges' table and told them that he was withdrawing from the competition.
This weekend, Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko helped the Russian team win a gold medal in the new team figure skating event. Now, the 31-year-old has his sights set on a medal in the individual event. This is great news, because Evgeni Plushenko is awesome. Let us explain.
Especially if you like Metallica and silver dragons and lightning and fucking fire. Enjoy this 45 seconds of battle-axing brilliance. (Thanks to reader Tony, for the tip.)
I guess there's some truth to the phrase "second place is the first loser." Olympians have been shown to be much more satisfied with a bronze than a silver, even though it's clearly the Jan Brady of medals.
Evgeni Plushenko: "I was positive that I won. But I suppose Evan needs the medal more than I do. Maybe it's because I already have one." Oh, your plan all along was to un-retire to be runner-up, then? Burn. [WaPo]