There are two sets of rules here: if there is a single skater or team that skips the Team Event, they can't compete in the individual event. Separately, there are the standard Olympic injury substitution rules, none of which I've seen published anywhere, although there are plenty of documents from different national sports Federations that reference that there is such a policy. There was conjecture that there could be no injury substitutions after official practices for the event started, but Michelle Kwan was on practice ice in Torino, withdrew, and was replaced by Emily Hughes.
The major skating Federations with enough qualified skaters will have their appointed alternates "on call" the way Hughes was at least for the individual events. (The injury substitution rules might not apply to the Team Event, because there might not be enough time between the 27 January 2014 deadline to submit the participants and substitutes forms and whatever the injury deadline is.) If Plushenko withdraws after the Team Event because of his physical condition, by whatever medical verification standards the IOC has set up, then the substitute for the individual events, if the substitution deadline for the Men's event hasn't passed. The same would be true for any other competitors in the individual events, whether they are still recovering from injury or illness at the participant registration deadline, like Kwan, or they become injured or ill while in Sochi. I'm sure that any day of the week, Plushenko has enough physical challenges that he could pass medical injury standards. They don't have a baseline physical to which they later compare.
Disappointing but it seems he is pacing himself. His goal right now is to qualify for the Olympics (and later to medal there, I assume). I am disappointed that we won't see him at COR but I would rather he stay healthy for the Olympics
I dunno, their motive is clearly Sochi and only that, non a gazilionth competitions at Cor or Euros, and maybe they are also realistic at where he stands right now so their goal is to have a good skate in his home country, not medalling. He is one of the faces of Russia for the Olys anyway. I think maybe too that after team event he would stop. And what was this article about tarasova applying a second spot for team event? I so wish Team event was at the end.
We are talking about a guy who is held together with string and sticky tape at the moment. I'm not surprised that any little twinge would have them pulling the plug on an "unnecessary" competition.
But I think he will come to Nationals, for his eleventh title, and to show that he is still the king, still the master of the others. I think he will also go to Euros, for his ninth title, and to prove that he is the one that should go.
Last edited by ciocio; 11-14-2013 at 08:49 AM.
my goodness me .... just watched the LP. Good that he landed the jumps. but the programme is completely empty ... probably a 5.0 for transitions (and something similar for choreography) would be quite generous ...
This is even more of an issue now, given his deteriorating physical condition, as a result of numerous injuries building up all the time. Watch the Volvo Cup video. He is very slow for a skater of this standard (a skater with his past results, capable of landing 4t and all triples) and he covers hardly any ice.