I imagine that once you've reach a certain level of success, any comeback would be motivated by trying to get back up to that level or maybe even higher.
It's a nice thought for skatefans, but I think injuries will take their toll on the comeback kids in the end, and they'll be missing from one or more events.
I imagine this is the most difficult part. I mean, he already has the OGM! Not much else to reach for other than simply relying on the "bettering yourself" part...Plushenko was already hard at work for two months earlier this year. "It was extremely difficult at the beginning and I've asked myself, 'why I'm doing this?' I have everything that I need. I have a phone, I have a car, a house, an apartment, money ...I don't need more. I thought, 'why am practicing spins, jumps, steps?'.
The falls and injuries are inevitable, however, the will to compete again, to be on the podium again, is stronger. "My future wife, Jana, pushed me into this direction already last year," Plushenko pointed out. "She said, 'you are still young, you can do it'."
In case of plushenko, I believe he knows more than anyone that he wont be a lock for Gold and that this time he has to compete with many skaters on his level or even better at this point. Maybe he wont be ultimate happy- as every skater looks to reach the highest place- but I dont think he will be frustrated (like Irina was in 2006) with bronze or with a decent off podium finish . As he said, he has nothing to lose.
Very nice interview and in depth, looking forward to what Plusenko will show next season, always something to be curious to watch.
Can't wait to watch him in competition
Great interview with Plushenko. Thanks.
This fan is looking forward to his return.
Thank you for posting this interview! Now I'm 99% sure that he's really return!