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    Devastating Still, happy he at least got the team gold! Legend.

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    It was heartbreaking seeing him have to suddenly retire, but not surprising considering all the injuries he had. He will be terribly missed. At this point, no one has the passion, charisma and excitement this man exudes just by simply stepping on the ice.

    Thanks Plushy for laughter (sex bomb anyone, lol) and the phenomenal awesomeness you've given us since you 17 years old. I wish you health and great success in the next chapter of your life.

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    Oh, and Dick . . can someone Button your mouth shut? Ugh, he could get over himself. Give Plushenko his due credit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enero View Post
    It was heartbreaking seeing him have to suddenly retire, but not surprising considering all the injuries he had. He will be terribly missed. At this point, no one has the passion, charisma and excitement this man exudes just by simply stepping on the ice.

    Thanks Plushy for laughter (sex bomb anyone, lol) and the phenomenal awesomeness you've given us since you 17 years old. I wish you health and great success in the next chapter of your life.

    His exhibition at worlds 1998:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2st17-hWl_k

    The suddenness of the end of his eligible career was a bit hard to swallow, but he is still relatively healthy, has a loving wife and children, and he may even skate in exhibitions once his back feels strong enough to get back on the ice.

    ETA: This one is even older (1996 COR) ex- it means he was just 13? It's amazing how well he skated. His jumps were so pure and so consistent even back then.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOf3hmIuxGE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    His exhibition at worlds 1998:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2st17-hWl_k
    Oh yes, how could I forget this spectacular performance when he was just a mere 15 years old.

    Fabulous, just fabulous. Even back then he was spectacular and had amazing charisma. I think most thought he'd do well, but I don't think anyone imagined he'd become the legend he is today.

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    OMG his crazy bird!! That's when everyone thought he was shy, and we realized he definitely wasn't. He's a ham. He's always been cocky, but that's part of his appeal and his style. His sex bomb was hilarious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    His exhibition at worlds 1998:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2st17-hWl_k

    The suddenness of the end of his eligible career was a bit hard to swallow, but he is still relatively healthy, has a loving wife and children, and he may even skate in exhibitions once his back feels strong enough to get back on the ice.

    ETA: This one is even older (1996 COR) ex- it means he was just 13? It's amazing how well he skated. His jumps were so pure and so consistent even back then.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOf3hmIuxGE
    his Sp and Lp in 1998 WCH. so amazing , talented, funny and cute..

    SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7h-utC6kPY

    LP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOcGnFdtq-E incredible skating.. Mishin was so angry..Plushy changed his program because he really wanted to jump quad...he was 15!!!!

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    Jason Brown 'heartbroken' over Evgeni Plushenko's injury http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jason-b...iacontentstory
    )) and Plushy has bad behavior toward the other skaters???

    http://itar-tass.com/sport/971659
    Denis10: Plushenko should have been given a medal just because he participated in the Olympics...
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    http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/...lympic-poetry/
    Wall Street Journal????

    EVGENI PLUSHENKO

    Eventually, the body will surrender,

    sometimes silently, stoically, panting

    like a faithful dog willing to obey, desperate

    to do what we want, but the surgeries,

    the battering, the wounds we have

    seen mark their tattoos of decay

    will eventually overwhelm even the

    most noble of flesh, and it will be us,

    heart on hand, the heavy throb of nerves

    screeching in our vertebrae, the numbing

    in our legs, as if the ice has risen

    from the rink’s surface and embraced us,

    while the nation of devoted sigh

    the collective sigh of dismay, the way

    that death betrays our illusions of

    power; it will be us skating with the slow,

    broken slump to the officials to say,

    no more, no more, before the departure.

    We know the deep gloom in the air

    when the truth of our body’s decline

    is read out to the world, we know

    this from those leapers and acrobats,

    those sprinters and dancers, all of

    us, become the limping shadows

    of all that is elegant in the body’s

    engineering—but how lovely it is

    to have deep in our brain’s healing,

    that grand jumbotron replaying

    in loops that long history of our

    most persistent aliveness, the track

    of our flight, our bodies obedient

    to the mind’s command—sometimes

    this is all that keeps us going, as we

    answer the eyes, “I am human, I have

    always been human, and I will die human.”
    Last edited by lala; 02-16-2014 at 05:54 PM.

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    I don't think there will be another singles skater as great as Plushenko in my lifetime... he possesses the rarest combination of gifts: prodigious athletic ability, charisma, presence, and mental toughness. I'm really honored to be able to follow his career from 98 to now, from the little wonderkid to the legend that he is today. Congrats Plushy! Please rest and get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    I'll just put it this way, if healthy, Plyushchenko never would have just taken the platter when the gold medal was teed up for him to win, and I say this as someone who is a fan of both Chan and Hanyu. Zhenya handles pressure and fights better than anyone though!
    Nice reference to Joannie Rochette's tweet (which was a word pun that got blown out of context). I wonder if Plushenko had been there if the competition would have been different.

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    Well, except 2000 Worlds. But granted he was 17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moviechicko_o View Post
    Well, except 2000 Worlds. But granted he was 17.
    I think that's when he learned the difference between skating smart and being reckless. After that he stopped doing his bit where he'd turn around and do the jump he just missed.

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    It's so weird remembering that era when Plush was 16-19. Like he's become such an epic figure in the last decade that it's bizarre seeing those old competitions when he was an awkward teenager.

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    I saw him win the 2001 worlds in Vancouver in person. He was just 18, and had learned from the mistakes he made the previous year. He already has such presence, and he totally commanded the ice. Needless to say, he got a standing ovation for his flawless LP performance.

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    http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/yev...responsibility

    They probably should've edited this fluff piece before airing it on primetime since everyone already knew he had withdrawn, damn so much drama.

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    Ice King Evgeni Plushenko
    http://www.healthylivingmagazine.us/Articles/419/ interesting article

    (greek article)Plushenko is the athlete who made even the most ignorant spectator to love him....http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s0isiv

    Plushenko deserved better finale
    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/plushen...inglePage=true

    Plushenko: Russia’s Golden Son Lives Darkest Hour
    http://www.opinionspost.com/plushenk...ewxluo.twitter

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    Plushenko would like to be in the 2018 Olympics.

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/yevg...lympic-journey

    "If need be, I'll have another 10 operations...I'm not ruling out that I'll go for a fifth Olympic Games," he told Russian state television on Tuesday. -
    "I am not ruling out that I want stay in sports, to prove (something) to many (people) and myself," he said.

    Contacted by Reuters, Plushenko declined any further comment, confirming he had said all he wanted to on the television show.

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    This level of competitive obsession seems very unhealthy, especially for a guy who supposedly has a happy family life and kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moviechicko_o View Post
    This level of competitive obsession seems very unhealthy, especially for a guy who supposedly has a happy family life and kids.
    He may have said/felt it in the heat of the moment. I am sure he will reevaluate it objectively. I don't see any man competing in singles at age 35.

    Katia Gordeeva wrote in her book that after winning gold in 94, Sergei wanted to compete in 98 because he made a mistake in their program in 94. I am sure many athletes want to give themselves another chance. Not everyone can, and I don't think Plushenko can, but he can always think about it (until it's time for the next Olympics).

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    Here's to keeping this thread alive another 4 years! I think we've all given up the right to doubt him at this point!

    Whether he should or not is really for him, his family, and doctors to decide. Wouldn't shock me to see him returning to skate either the SP or LP of the team event. Easy 5th medal.

    Bet it's bugging him that if he were able to skate he could have comfortably won the bronze and maybe even taken the gold. But all the criticism probably has him fired up more than anything. We'll see how he feels a year or so down the road. Be nice to see him actively competing in the lead up to the next Olympics but then I've been saying that since 2006 and overall it's worked out quite nicely for him....lol love this guy!

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