Knowing that he was coming back for Nationals and would (presumably) be top 2 there, why didn't the Russian Fed. assign Plushenko to a Sr. B event this fall/winter so he could obtain the minimum score requirements there?
I agree that a skater of his caliber should be allowed to compete at Euros & Worlds, but why not at least try to play by the ISU rules?
I imagine this will improve attendance for the men's qualifying rounds in Sheffield.
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I wouldn't be surprised for Plushenko to skip worlds this year (much as I'd like to see him beat Chan), but he'll have the scores from Europeans to make him eligible next year when he will want to compete prior to the Olympic season. This will allow him to compete at crucial events and save his knees for those.
Breznia and Fernandez are his major competitors at Europeans unless Joubert comes out blazing and well rested. Which speaks volumes about the state of men's skating in Europe.
around the days of russian nationals mishin had an interview that I can search the link but I m lazy that more or less said that Plushenko is not ready for worlds this year. It is obvious he doesnt want Plu to face not only Chan but Kozu and Daisuke also but I m not sure it matters cause whenever he would meet them if he wouldnt beat them, this year, next or Sochi,especially Chan.
It makes more sense to be healthy at 2013 Worlds, since he has a chance with Gachinsky to qualify three men for Sochi.
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Yes he has 24 months to prepare for Sochi but if he keeps his "I don't care about the rules" attitude I wouldn't be surprised if he gets beaten again by someone who does his best to maximise points under the rules.
With Plushenko, it's never about preparation coz he almost always gets his jumps. Rather, it's about proper game planning and sticking to that plan, and that includes jump layout and transitions.