His new interview has been published. They are going to start the required paperwork but he is not planning to skate in RN, in Euro and Worlds this season. He wants to rest. He is going to get his eligibility back by the next season and he is planning to skate in Sochi. He has been operated in Germany and now he is going to make new programs. As a non-member of the Russian national team, he will have to pay for everything by himself (skating rinks, etc.). He also explained what happened with his loss of eligibility: the skater with his status is supposed to go to the worlds to win. At that moment due to his health issues he couldn't jump quads, so he decided not to go. At the commercial shows he didn't have to jump quads, the physical requirements were much lowerer. Moreover, the tickets for the shows had been sold out months in advance. He had certain obligations to skate. Once he already had a similar situation when they forbade him to skate in two shows in Prague with 14,000 audience. Many people, after finding out that Plushenko would not skate, returned their tickets. He is still in lawsuits with the Czech and Swiss producers of those shows. He said he was the first skater who lost eligibility not for doping but for breaking some rules. Usually skaters got a warning for similar violations. He sees the direct connection with his comeback to OG and in big sport, the thing that wasn't welcomed by his competitiors. (from fsnews.ru)
If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
The ISU stands to profit from anything that gives skating a higher visibility and more attention overall, because that eventually translates into better TV contracts. I think the individual sport governing bodies like the ISU may not get any revenue from the Olympic Games themselves, but they do stand to profit directly from the ISU events Plushy would enter between his reinstatement and Sochi, like Europeans & Worlds 2013 (or even earlier).Does the ISU or any other governing body for a particular sport make any profit from the Olympics?
I really believe it is all about how much money the ISU can bring in and has been pointed out, "many will come to see/watch Plushenko". If it's not about how much $$$ will be generated if the hometown hero skates, then why would such a comment be made. Should Plushy skate, I'm sure many will pay to see such and many will watch it on TV and increase ratings. So where does all this $$ go? I'm betting the ISU will get their cut and it will be a bigger one if Plushy skates than if he doesn't.
I get that you are a big Plushenko fan; I never was a big one but I did enjoy and appreciate him early on but not any longer.
Somehow I knew that some would zero in on just the part where I talked about the money and totally skip over the part where I wish he would choose another path in life - like getting his body completely healthy and enjoying his family.
Crazy about sports!
"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Once again, nice are your wishes regarding Plush, but, you know?, there are people who actually need something else to feel their lifes fullfilled, they need the thrill, the adrenaline, the competition to feel really alive. I think Plushenko is one of those. He had overcome many difficulties in his life to reach the place where he is, he had been fighting with poor health conditions since his chidlhood, but he also has a will of steel.
He had just recently declared in an interview that somehow he feels good about the Vancouver 'lose' because there's still a dream for him to pursue.
I think it's a bit unfair for Figure Skaters in general that their competitive life is so short, basically they are past their prime at 25!, while other sportsmen and sportswomen can reach forties...... but that's life.
Now, I am a fan of Plush, and I also wish the best for him, health and happiness, but, what if he feels he still can do it?, as long as he is not wasting his body too much, I respect his decision and truly hope he can actually make it (can't say the same about haters however )
He has proven many times that he can overcome barriers, have anyone seen him here?:
From past weekend show in China, he's Biellmanning (or half-Biellmanning) at almost 28!, please, some of you may not like him, but anyone should accept this is something noteworthy.