I don't know why he has decided to stop giving something positive to this sport and started to only self advertise himself.
His past results have been perfectly enough for that without this sad chapter of the "story".
Yep, that's it, keep spreading misinformation...
Plushy said that he would choose the team event in response to a DIRECT question from a journalist that asked which he would choose - the team or individual. At the time he did not know he couldn't choose and that he had to do both. When he found out that he couldn't choose, he said he would do both.
Personally, I am very suspicious of how many journalists are asking direct questions that set Plushy up for controversy. Between this one and the "heir" question...hm. Tarasova's power at work, no doubt.
I don't get this at all. I know Kovtun is young and still far from reaching his potential, but Plushenko is well past his prime. He'd need a miracle to win a medal in Sochi given how poorly he compares with the top men. He's not as good as they are technically any more- I think he has one quad planned in his FS and most of the top men have 2- and he's never been a very good artistic skater. Kovtun has way more to gain from going to Sochi skating-wise. If the Russian Fed wants to send him for monetary/sponsorship purposes, can't they just give him a booth or some sort of visible platform at the Games and be done with it? I'll feel bad for Kovtun if he gets bumped.
Спасибо всем за поддержку!Вы мне дали сил и уверенности!Эта маленькая победа наша с вами!Люблю
10:49 PM - 22 Jan 2014
Very rough translation (corrections welcome):
Thanks to all for your support. You have given me strength and reassurance. I share this small victory with you. I love you.
Breaking News: Olympics have not started and Plushenko has not skated yet!
He hasn't yet made any mistake on any of his jumps, he hasn't got any medal, he hasn't awarded himself any medal, he hasn't been given any inflated marks, he has not retired from any event and he has not killed anyone's cat!
So could you please ***** and moan AFTER all the above things actually happen?
Why not pre-moan, since we know 5 out of those 7 will happen:
Olympics will start - check.
Plushenko will skate - check.
Plushenko will make some mistake on some of his jumps - check. Duh.
Plushenko will get a medal - check, since as you guys keep pointing out, it's pretty irrelevant who the Russian Man is for the Team to medal.
Plushenko will award himself a medal - I guess not this time around
Plushenko will be given inflated marks - triple check. Since he always emphasized the importance of quads: Quadruple check.
Plushenko will retire from an event - check. Either they still go for the foreshadowed switching identities thing, or he tries the individual SP and quits when he's not in the top 6.
Plushenko will kill anyone's cat - I swear I do not know Plushy's stance on cats.
It is from KOI 2007, 2008 something like that. I m not sure but I think it is from Live with Plush MTV ?