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Yevgeny Plushenko offers update on his training for Sochi Olympics

Oct 21, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

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Russian Olympic figure skating champion Yevgeny Plushenko, who has not competed since January, is training twice a day and still wants to compete at the Sochi Olympics.

“I’m trying to compete,” Plushenko, the 2006 gold medalist, told R-Sport. “Only victory. I’m training and my goal is the Sochi Olympics, exactly that, and to compete. Not to be a spectator, but to compete.”

The 30-year-old is trying to return from a back injury and win a medal at a fourth straight Olympics.

Russia only earned one men’s figure skating spot at the Olympics, but the coach of one of Plushenko’s top competitors for the berth recently said Plushenko will be given the spot if healthy.

Plushenko is entered in the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, a Grand Prix event from Nov. 22-24. The Russian National Championships are in December, though the winner there is not guaranteed to be given the Olympic spot.

Should he get to Sochi, Plushenko will have two chances to become the second figure skater to win four career Olympic medals. He has the singles event and the new team event, where Russia figures to vie with the United States, Canada and Japan for gold.

Plushenko’s rival from the 2010 Olympics, American Evan Lysacek, is also training for a comeback. Lysacek has not competed since winning gold at the 2010 Games and pulled out of last weekend’s Skate America with a hip injury.

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  1. caseyedwardsd - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I thought after it was written that the winner of Russian nationals is not guaranteed the men’s spot that highest finisher at euros plays a big role too. So you don’t even have to medal at Russian nationals to go to euros but if you place highest at euros you can go to the Olympics. That’s how kovtun went to worlds imploded and bombed and caused the embarrassment of only one spot for Russian men at the Russia Olympics!

    • Nick Zaccardi - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      I’m sure that would be taken into consideration, unless Kovtun’s coach is right and it’s an open-and-shut case for Plushenko if he’s healthy. Gachinski certainly didn’t do himself any favors at Skate America.

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