Is it true Evgeni has said he will come back for Sochi 2014? Maybe we can change the title of the thread to 'Plushenko will honor us with his presence in 2014!' Wouldn't that be something? We'll probably have 1000+ posts by then...
Lol, that sounds like an excellenet idea, Ren!
The only thing I would change is this:
KING PLUSHENKO WILL HONOUR US WITH HIS PRESENCE IN 2014!
If I have any word about the title of the thread or the comeback, i would say :
Plushy stay home and make many plushybabies.
I dont want him handicapped and for no reason actually.
Plushybabies!!! I love you, seniorita! I suppose those will be Prince and Princess Plushenko, as Nadine has already anointed Evgeni King!
Eh, is soccer very popular in Russia? I thought hockey might be more popular...
Lol, I've been having an enjoyable time studying the history of Russia, in particular the Romanovs & their famous Faberge Eggs, of which I would love to see when I visit Sochi, Russia, in 2014. Currently the Kremlin Armoury Museum houses the most faberge eggs (all imperial) ~ 10 ~ and also boasts the Imperial Crown of Russia. I love jewelry, so seeing these treasures first-hand will be a joy!
Seems like the greatest athletes, like King Plushenko (aka Evgeni Plushenko), originate from Russia. Perfect example is "The Great One" (aka Wayne Gretzky), whose paternal grandparents are Belarusians; his paternal grandfather was born in the Russian Empire, whereas his paternal grandmother was born in the Ukraine. And of course the greatest ballerinas of all time come from Russia (aka Anna Pavlova).
I look forward to witnessing first hand the arts, culture, and history of this magnificent country. Hopefully it hasn't turned into a cesspool since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. I know there are good parts & bad parts of every country, but some of the things I've read about since the fall have turned my stomach. I prefer my romantic view, but alas am a realist. *wink*
Wouldn't that be geat if King Plushenko was the one chosen to light the torch in 2014!?! Are there any other candidates with his credentials & pedigree? I think not. *smile*
this summer he trained for two weeks in the same place as Juventus football team, and he became friend with Alex Del Piero. Today, on Italian newspaper, Plushenko was saying "good luck" to Del Piero on to making the national team for Soccer worlds next June...
plus, I think he also is close with some soccer stars in Russia, he mentioned them somewhere...
Thanks for the info. about the soccer & training, he's an all-around athlete, I'm sure he would excel at whatever sport he chose to take up, as I've found this to be true of many great athletes (e.g. Apolo Anton Ohno won DWTS, though never a trained professional dancer like the others on the show).
ps: as The King gets older I notice he's looking more & more like "The Great One".
Lol, we must've been posting at the same time, seniorita!
Thanks for the brand new interview! WOW, he actually says he WILL compete at Worlds! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!
Regards the rest of the interview, it's hard for me to understand because of all the noise, etc. But I gather he's going to take it one year at a time to see if he will actually be able to compete in Sochi. Good idea. The injuries/surgeries he brought up is very important to consider. Thus far he's been the luckiest out of ALL the athletes throughout the years to be able to compete (e.g. Michellle Kwan had to withdraw from the 2006 Olympics due to her hip/groin injury; Tara Lipinski's hip injury knocked her out of competition at the young age of 15; Stephane Lambiel's abductor injuries/groin/et al has prevented him from ever trying the 3A again; Alexei Yagudin's degenerative hip injury forced him to stop competing after the 2002 Olympics; Timothy Goebel's injury knocked him out as well after 2002; and on & on & on & on). EP is the ONLY one out of ALL of them that has still managed to compete, and compete successfully! I wonder how much Lady Luck will be on his side?
Taking it one year at a time is the best idea. Like I've said before, he should immediately relax after Worlds........take it relatively easy for the next 3 years......in fact I honestly don't care if he never medals again at the Olympics. I would just like him to compete, even if he comes in dead last. It will be in his home country, that's what matters.
Believe me, we have seen some amazing Russian skating over the years, but after seeing Mr. Plushenko's bratty reaction to the silver we are wishing he had stayed retired too!
I hope this episode will reinforce to *all* skaters the value of being gracious to other competitors under *all* circumstances, even if you feel things didn't go your way. That is what makes a true champion.....having the class to celebrate a big win or brave a disappointing loss with grace.
Buit the big question -- will we be able to keep this thread going for four more years?