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Faultless Plushenko Sets Russia Hurtling Toward Team Gold

Published: February 10, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • Skating to the “Best of Plushenko,” an unflinching Plushenko nailed jump after jump.
    Photo: Maxim Bogodvid / RIA Novosti

Russia’s ageless figure skating hero Evgeny Plushenko won the men’s free skate in the Sochi Olympic team event on Sunday to send the home country hurtling toward a first gold medal.

The victory in front of a partisan Iceberg Skating Arena crowd on the Black Sea coast gave Russia a maximum ten points, which extends the nation’s cushion over Canada at the top of the standings to a seven points with two events remaining.

Plushenko, 31, picked up where he left off on Thursday, when the Turin Olympic champion rolled back the years to finish second in the short program to Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu.

Related: Plushenko Proves Ready for Individuals at Sochi

Skating to the “Best of Plushenko,” a medley of accompaniments past, an unflinching Plushenko nailed jump after jump that began with a confident quadruple toeloop as strains of "The Godfather" rang out. The judges' score was 168.20.

Patrick Chan’s replacement for Canada, Kevin Reynolds, fell on a triple axel early in his nonetheless impressive program and earned 167.92 for second place. Third place on the night went to Japan's Tatsuki Machina with 165.85.

The result leaves the gold medal tangibly within Russia’s grasp, with 15-year-old prodigy Julia Liptnitskaia set to go in the women’s free program later before European silver medalists Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov look to lock down first place in the ice dance.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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