Skip to comments.Yevgeny Plushenko, revered and divisive, ends 'legendary' career
Posted on 02/14/2014 8:55:32 AM PST by C19fan
Without skating a single moment Thursday night at the Iceberg Skating Palace, Yevgeny Plushenko was once again the talk of Sochi. Actually, the talk of the Olympic sporting world.
The 31-year-old Russian made a dramatic exit from the sport in the mens short program skating to the boards and taking his name out of contention with referee Mona Jonsson effectively ending a 16-year career that some call the greatest of all time.
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I am surprised he can stand up relatively straight.. and the thought of how it must feel when he jumps and then lands.. OUCH!!
He gave it a go.. a true champion.
Tara Lipinski was saying that if Plushenko had been well enough to skate he could have won the gold because none of the other contenders skated a clean program. I watched most of it live this morning and it was just so bad. Everyone felt they needed a quad and many of them that tried just fell on their bottoms. Big disappointment.
Was he in much pain. I mean was he out there warming up, and realized he wasn’t right? Any body watch?
I treat back pain. I can tell you sometimes following a sporting event or day of doing physical work unless you are very careful with your posture, you’re back can go out. When I heard that he had an artificial disc, I thought, “Oh, no...no way I would have that done.” I think he was a great a champion in spite of the disc surgery which was an added handicap.
My initial impression is.. All the skaters Need to eat more.
I felt like I was watching a judo match. CHoreographed? By who, Bruce Lee?
I prefer events like Team Igloo making and 500 meter ski jumping.
But Hey, that’s just me.
It’s harder to do all those jumps (especially a quad) with a lot of weight on you. That’s why they are so thin. They do seem to be getting a lot thinner than say, when Brian Boitano skated. The guys then at least had leg muscles...I think the emphasis on the quad has changed a lot for the sport and not necessarily in the best way. The injuries, etc. Just my opinion.
I really liked him for having the courage to withdraw. Obviously he was in great pain and wasn’t up to his usual high standards. Yevgeny Plushenko is a nice guy and a class act. He is what every sportsman should be!
At 31, giving up his figure skating career was tough but it was the right thing to do. One felt badly for him knowing he gave up another gold medal. We saw what he did in the team event and he was magnificent!
Sadly, he will be missed.
I hear ya,, I was and remain a big boned guy.. crashing the bones goes with the job in a hocke rink..
never seen a guy nail a board like that tho.. hope he has Aflac
I seriesly doubt his surgeons would approve.. not with a rod in your back
>>Highly overrated (and overscored) skater. He’s famous for mediocre (and in many cases, nonexistent) footwork while flailing his arms about like he’s in a Tae Kwon Do class. But he could jump. I’ve never understood how this guy won so many competitions vs. competitors who could actually skate.<<
And a drama queen too.
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