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Report: Yevgeny Plushenko not ruling out 2018 Olympics

Feb 18, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

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We may not have seen Yevgeny Plushenko’s last competitive skate after all.

Plushenko announced his retirement last week in Sochi after withdrawing just before the start of the men’s competition due to a back injury.

But Russia’s figure skating hero, who helped his home country win gold in the inaugural team competition, is now saying he may make an attempt to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Reuters has relayed comments he made to Russian state television today about the prospect: “If need be, I’ll have another 10 operations…I’m not ruling out that I’ll go for a fifth Olympic Games.”

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Prior to his withdrawal in Sochi, Plushenko had seemingly turned back the clock for one last hurrah on home ice – placing second (men’s short program) and first (men’s free skate) in his two appearances for Russia in the team competition.

He earned 19 points for Russia, who won the team title, 75-65, over Team Canada. The U.S. finished with 60 points, earning the bronze.

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