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February 14, 2014 7:44 AM Subscribe
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Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko (wiki
) withdrew from the men's individual event at the Olympics in Sochi and announced his retirement from amateur skating
) only days after winning gold in the team event. Plushenko has won medals at four Olympic Games* (2006 gold: Short Program
, Free Skating
; 2014 gold
; 2002: SP
, 2010: SP
); he has won 17 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze medals in major competitions in spite of a 2006-2008 hiatus and he holds 10 titles in the Russian Nationals in a career spanning over 17 years. He was famous not only for his technique
, but also for his grace
Plushenko had withdrawn out of the 2010 & 2012 World Championships and the 2013 European Championships due to injuries. He set various scoring records in his career and, in spite of his age, his personal bests were recent: in Sochi for the short program and in the 2012 Europeans for free skating (the "technique" link above) and for the combined total.
He became the youngest-ever World Junior Champion at 14
and World medalist at 15 (SP
) and has stayed consistently at the top level. He was involved twice
in scoring contro
, but he also knew how to work a crowd ("quel showman!"
, 2006 Gala
, 2010 Gala
) or give a Eurovision-winning
*Only he and Gillis Grafstrom, in the 1920-1932 Games, have done so.