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Plushenko Announces 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Comeback

Published: July 3, 2014 (Issue # 1818)



  • Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is planning a return to the world stage.
    Photo: Vladimir Pesnya / RIA Novosti

Figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko is planning a return to the world stage after withdrawing earlier this year from the Sochi Olympic Games with a back injury.

"Everything that was broken, has been fixed, and there is nothing left to break. I will try to participate in my fifth [Olympic Games] and give a dignified performance," Plushenko said Wednesday at press conference, ITAR-Tass reported.

Plushenko's last-minute pullout at the Winter Games spurred a flurry of criticism after the skater quashed Russia's hopes of another gold medal and denied fellow skater Maxim Kovtun the chance to perform in his place in the men's short program.

Just days before withdrawing from the men's individual competition, Plushenko won team gold as part of the Russian skating delegation. That victory brought the number of Plushenko's Olympic medals up to four the skater took home gold in 2006, and silver in 2002 and 2010.

If Plushenko does make it to South Korea's Pyeongchang Olympic Games in 2018, he will be 35 years old an age considered above average for any professional figure skater.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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