Early career[ edit ] Since Plushenko frequently suffered from colds, his mother decided he needed exercise and enrolled him in figure skating lessons at age four. The following year, at age 15, he won the bronze medal at the World Championships. The second was the European Championships , where he lost to Brian Joubert.
He had a difficult —05 season. At the World Championships in Moscow , Russia, an injury forced him to withdraw after the short program. He eventually required groin surgery. He underwent surgery to correct the problem in Munich , Germany in spring Going into the Winter Olympics in Turin , Italy, Plushenko was the overwhelming favorite because of his past success under the new judging system.
He finished the short program ten points ahead of his closest rival, setting a new ISU record for the short program. He has said the off-season helped him rest and recover from past knee injuries he has battled. After seeing the poor results of Russian skaters at the World Championships the worst since , Plushenko was worried about Russia losing its status as a dominant force in figure skating, and was also concerned that Russia might even lose confidence for its skaters for the Winter Olympics.
He announced in April that he decided to return to competitive skating for the —08 season to keep Russia at a competitive level with other countries until the next generation of Russian skaters could take over but a return to the ice did not materialize. Plushenko also stated that he planned to compete in the Winter Olympics. Plushenko skated on stage as part of the performance. Return to competition[ edit ] In March , Plushenko announced that he had returned to training with longtime coach Alexei Mishin in order to prepare for the Olympics.
Overall, he won the gold in his comeback with a total of At the Russian Championships , Plushenko earned Following his skate, Plushenko said "Without a quad it's not men's figure skating. I will do the quad in any case. I believe that the quad is the future of figure skating. The quad is necessary, that is my opinion. He said of the gold medal winner, Evan Lysacek, "I think we need to change the judging system — a quad is a quad.
If an Olympic champion doesn't do a quad, well I don't know He said, "Strangely, the computer did not drop any one of the three. But what it did instead was to drop those judges who awarded me first place.
Under the current system, if this is the way judges' marks are awarded, you can win, and you can just as equally lose. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to criticize the new rules, they are not bad. But they do need further refinement. In the end, however, the gap amounted to a mere 0. As a result, his loss of eligibility became final as announced by the ISU on 23 August Each team was allowed to have an "ineligible" member.
He placed third in the men's event. Return to competition[ edit ] On 12 June , Plushenko said that he had undergone knee surgery due to a meniscus problem but would be back on track within two weeks. We pushed each other. With Artur in the group, I have a sparring partner. He does a quad and I have to do a quad as well. He won the short program with a score of The Russian figure skating federation asked the ISU to allow him to compete, with Aleksandr Gorshkov saying that the minimum scores were designed to filter out weak skaters.
He earned a score of His overall competition score of He is surpassed only by two skaters from the early history of the sport, Sweden's Ulrich Salchow , who won nine titles from —, and Austria's Karl Schafer , who won eight from — In a post-Europeans interview, Plushenko said that he had not planned to compete after but found he missed the adrenaline of competition. In late June , he also worked with Japanese choreographer Kenji Miyamoto on his free skating for the following season.
Although doctors recommended he stay off the ice for a month, Plushenko returned in seven days, explaining "I felt that I need to run fast in order to defend my position. I had the National Championships coming up, so, not only did I start to train too early, but I started to train too intensely.
He lost some of his jumps but got them back before the Russian Championships in Sochi , Russia. He had one Grand Prix assignment, the Rostelecom Cup , but withdrew due to a minor knee injury. He finished second overall behind Maxim Kovtun , his first loss at Nationals since placing third in On 22 January , it was announced that Plushenko had been awarded Russia's men's spot for the Winter Olympics. It was his fourth Olympics appearance.
He placed second in the short program with a personal best score of He placed first in the free skating portion with a score of Russia won team gold, ten points ahead of Canada who got silver. This was Plushenko's second Olympic gold medal, giving him a total of four Olympic medals, and he became one of the oldest figure skating Olympic champions. This was also Russia's first gold at the games. It was announced shortly after that he would be retiring from competitive skating.
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