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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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