For starters, you are taking this article out of context and way too seriously. This is not serious journalism. Chan's comments were friendly rivalry. Afterall Patrick Chan is quite a few years younger than Plushenko and the man to beat as it were. I am sure Plushenko would be saying the same things had he stuck around for the past few years. All skaters make comments from time to time. I did not find the article that damaging towards Plushenko. Also there are many men in the field who are going to give Plushenko a run for his money, besides Patrick Chan.