Plushenko Withdraws from Cup of Russia Grand Prix
I think his last competition will either be in National or Europeans but he will not compete in both for sure
I think he will get a bye for Nationals and skate in Europeans
Wicked Yankee Girl
How many slots at Europeans does Russian have this season?
For the Men's event? Russia should have 3 spots. IIRC, Voronov was 7th and Kovtun was 5th. I think they have three spots for all of the events.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
I'm not surprised by his withdrawal, as I am sure he needs additional time to recover. I hope he is able to peak in Sochi and find his best form for the Olympics.
Well, this was unexpected
can't come down to Earth
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
I am not totally surprised by the withdrawl. I still believe he legitimately is trying to come back but that's just me. However, I am not sure how genuine Evan's comeback is or rather realistic. that is odd because Plushy is older and his body is far more beaten but you sense he really is trying and might do it.
ITA. I was looking forward to seeing his performance, whether or not he could still jump. He is the face of Russian skating for so long. good luck plushy.
Originally Posted by prettykeys
leave no stone unturned
Russia has 3 spots for men.
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Technically he does not have to qualify formally for Olympics, he has the technical score to enter the Olympics, through the qualifying procedure of its country, whatever that will be. The way it is put it is like he is not formally eligible to go there if he doesnt participate in these competitions.
He must still formally qualify through either the Russian national championships in December or the European championships in January.
Host nation Russia only has one spot in Sochi. Plushenko has growing competition for that place including from up-and-coming skater Maxim Kovtun. Kovtun, 18, finished second behind Chinese sensation Han Yan at the Cup of China earlier this month.
And they prepare Kovtun as the heir pretty well.