Zhenya wether he can win a medal or not, is still legitimate especially for Russia
he is well known than any other Russian skater, V/T have some media exposures now but still in nowhere near as popular as Plushenko
the younger skaters can replicate his impact and success is doubtful
and Russian men is traditionally more popular than womens though with the rise of young female skaters its slowly changing but if they can find a wonder kid ala Yuzuru as Plushenko's heir they can dump any of the Russian wonder girls in a heart beat in exchange for 1 male superstar.
amongst the girls popularity only Julia Lipnitskaya can become a huge influence in Russian women's skating
with her many vk followers and young girls aspiring to immitate her skating styles, Adelina and Elena comes a distant
aside from them, I don't think anyone else can be even as half as popular as Plushenko will be.
Well I live in Russia.
First thing one has to know regarding this flag poll is that many Russians have the superstition that the flag bearer then fails in competition. Hockey is the most important, so they want their guys to avoid that fate. It's not that these superstitious voters want Plushenko to fail, they just don't care about figure skating.
But all in all, yes, except hockey players he is the most famous winter sport athlete in Russia.
Even those who know nothing about the sport, know him.
His name is the synonym to "figure skater". If someone goes to mass skating, he or she may jokingly say "I've been Plushenko today". People in his/her company will call such person "local Plushenko". For example, if you search instagram tag #плющенко you'll find pics of random people in the rinks.
Some know him only because of the Eurovision song contest in 2008 and because his wife is well-known in Russian show business. Also due to her Evgeni appears in mass media more often than any winter athlete.
Competitive longevity also works for him, he doesn't fall off the radar.
Yes, they appreciate him a lot and would like to see him in Sochi. Most of them know nothing about current state of ladies, pairs, ice dance and men's fields in figure skating. Most skaters they know are the ones participating in Ice Age TV show, and Plushenko.
Originally Posted by snowflake
Some say Evgeni is old and injured and therefore should retire, and some also hate him as they believe he has to much PR and because they don't like his wife. There's controversy in people's attitude to him, again the result of being very famous.
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