Is anyone really surprised that Plushie withdrew? The timing is perfect -- just after other major players like Johnny and Evan have announced they will not be going to World's. I agree with a previous poster --- with all the posturing that the Russians and Plushie have done with regards to the quad and his supremacy on ice.......everyone will be looking at his program construction and PCS value in nano detail! The new system is no longer 'new' and it is time that all ISU members realize they have to either play the game by CoP or get out. Change is here and maximizing points is the new way to win.
BTW Bet this gives Patrick a big boost.......and a podium position! Then he can retire!