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    News Russia chooses Plushenko for Sochi Olympics

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plushen...0587--oly.html

    Edit...the choice has been made and set in stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavender View Post
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plushen...0587--oly.html

    Not sure if this is set in stone...official announcement on Thursday. It's weird that this article is out when it's still not official.
    "Plushenko performed a test skate behind closed doors on Tuesday in front of Russian officials and leading judges."

    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.
    Well, the public kind of knows what Plushenko's form is currently based on Russian nationals. Kwan's test skate was under similar conditions yet no one saw her compete for almost a year.

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    Why would anyone think this is a surprise!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy View Post
    "Plushenko performed a test skate behind closed doors on Tuesday in front of Russian officials and leading judges."

    So much for transparency. I hope at least Voronov and Kovtun's people were able to attend the skate. I'm assuming video footage was strictly forbidden.
    The decision to close the skate was the federation's. Mishin and Plushenko wanted it to be open. But by all means, continue bashing Plushenko for others' words.

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    I cant believe he has the heart too deny a younger skater an olympic experience when he has plenty And is not as good as he used too be If he gets accurate pcs he should be way down there and he has no chance medaling whatsoever what a boring aspect of the olympics he will be... the most overscored boooring skater ever im gonna change the channel when hes gonna skate. Poor kovtun and voronov who were both soo much deserving than this!! The guy hasent even skated internationaly this season, except for a lame senior B

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraM View Post
    I cant believe he has the heart too deny a younger skater an olympic experience when he has plenty And is not as good as he used too be If he gets accurate pcs he should be way down there and he has no chance medaling whatsoever what a boring aspect of the olympics he will be... the most overscored boooring skater ever im gonna change the channel when hes gonna skate. Poor kovtun and voronov who were both soo much deserving than this!! The guy hasent even skated internationaly this season, except for a lame senior B
    Plushenko always has said it's up to younger to prove thrnselves against older skaters! And kovtun ,disregarding plushenko totally, didn't surpass voronov menshov! But this could be premature.

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    Kovtun gave them an out when he bombed at Euros .Get ready for some hip shaking posing overscored skating from Plushenko.This is ridiculous this guy has been to 3 Olympics.The Russians are so greedy for the team gold they cannot see their future with Kovtun.I hope he falls all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    The decision to close the skate was the federation's. Mishin and Plushenko wanted it to be open. But by all means, continue bashing Plushenko for others' words.
    Yes, and I'm saying it was shady of the Russian federation to do so. Did Mishin/Plushenko make an actual statement about wanting the skate to be open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    Plushenko always has said it's up to younger to prove thrnselves against older skaters! And kovtun ,disregarding plushenko totally, didn't surpass voronov menshov! But this could be premature.
    Problem is, Plushenko himself might not have surpassed Voronov and Menshov, given their scores at Euros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraM View Post
    I cant believe he has the heart too deny a younger skater an olympic experience when he has plenty And is not as good as he used too be If he gets accurate pcs he should be way down there and he has no chance medaling whatsoever what a boring aspect of the olympics he will be... the most overscored boooring skater ever im gonna change the channel when hes gonna skate. Poor kovtun and voronov who were both soo much deserving than this!! The guy hasent even skated internationaly this season, except for a lame senior B
    It's a dog eat dog world in skating and he doesn't really owe them anything. And he pointed out that at their age he was bringing home medals and securing spots for his fellow Russian skaters, so I don't think he's very impressed with these guys to feel all that bad. Kwan technically originally denied Emily Hughes the chance before Kwan ultimately pulled out due to injury and she had a lot of Olympic experience too. You can certainly turn the channel, but here in the US he'll actually get airtime for that to be an option as opposed to the other Russians who very likely wouldn't even be shown. Plushenko brings ratings and he's been training for this like the others. At the end of the day it's not even his decision, it's the committee's so if anything they should get the blame. And we really won't know for sure until Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingofan1 View Post
    Kovtun gave them an out when he bombed at Euros .Get ready for some hip shaking posing overscored skating from Plushenko.This is ridiculous this guy has been to 3 Olympics.The Russians are so greedy for the team gold they cannot see their future with Kovtun.I hope he falls all over the place.
    Kovtun was given the push this season to beat Plushenko
    but what does he do at high pressure events ? bombed the GPF SP and at Euros

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Kovtun was given the push this season to beat Plushenko
    but what does he do at high pressure events ? bombed the GPF SP and at Euros
    And what or who has Plushenko beaten in the last 4 years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingofan1 View Post
    Kovtun gave them an out when he bombed at Euros .Get ready for some hip shaking posing overscored skating from Plushenko.This is ridiculous this guy has been to 3 Olympics.The Russians are so greedy for the team gold they cannot see their future with Kovtun.I hope he falls all over the place.
    Hate to break it to ya, but this is a SPORT and results/a Gold medal matters. Plushenko's experience and ability to handle pressure makes him a safer choice than Kovtun in the team comp, and neither really has any chance of medaling in the individual. I agree Kovtun has a lot of potential, but frankly I don't think it's at all certain that he's the be all end all of the future of Russian men (look what happened to Gachinsky). Personally, I see Adian Pitkeev on a trajectory to challenge and/or overtake him in the next quad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    And what or who has Plushenko beaten in the last 4 years?
    Well, he did win Euros/Nationals in 2012 with good performances. But the last 2 years haven't been much to shake a stick at. It's certainly been ages since he competed against Chan/Fernandez/Ten and they're loads better now than in 2010 and he's never faced off against Hanyu, who should easily beat him.

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