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Thread: Plushenko withdraws/retires - at least 1/4 crowd retreats

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    I thought it was great that the Russophile audience left in droves, leaving a 'normal' audience for the rest of the skaters. The audience that remained cheered equally for all the skaters, and it was a refreshing change from what we saw and heard for the pairs.

    I'm already dreading what's to come for dance and especially ladies.

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    And I hope Russian hockey team and the crazy ballet dancer with drum are going to ladies too and support their girls like they supported pairs. It was fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    I thought it was great that the Russophile audience left in droves, leaving a 'normal' audience for the rest of the skaters. The audience that remained cheered equally for all the skaters, and it was a refreshing change from what we saw and heard for the pairs.

    I'm already dreading what's to come for dance and especially ladies.
    Oh god. At least B/S will skate after V/M and I/K won't skate before W/P or D/W. I feel really bad for Coomes/Buckland though who will have to wait at least another minute before the crowd calms down from I/K's inevitably inflated scores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frenchie View Post
    Well I guess that's what so many here find disheartening: They didn't feel like enjoying the others and cheer for them.



    I'm not implying he already knew he would retire before the deadline for Kovtun to replace him. But Plushenko certainly wouldn't find even the possibility that another Russian man would get attention from the Russian audience appealing. Especially given the aggressive bickering that went on between the 2.
    Using this exposure to have an emotional exit where all his die-hard fans - and most of the rest - would just say "oooh, poor Zhenya!" was worth infinitely more to him than allowing Russia to have a man in this event. That's going to be a youtube video his fans will cherish.
    Michelle Kwan could also have said "let me wait until the very day of the event before I make my final decision", but she did retire in time for Emily Hughes to replace her.
    Kozuka also could have been 7th. Dai is/was injured..Why did send him to Oly the Japanese Federations ??? I'm really curious of your answer..

    and I have a bad news for you..Plushy got many new fans..especially in US. And the old fans understand him and his decision and they really think if Plushy is healthy he could have won a bronze..



    American poet poem dedicated Plushenko
    http://vm.ru/news/2014/02/15/amerika...ie-235536.html
    In support of the Russian figure skater The wall street journal published bezrifmennuyu poem "The last jump Plushenko." http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/...lympic-poetry/

    EVGENI PLUSHENKO



    Eventually, the body will surrender,

    sometimes silently, stoically, panting

    like a faithful dog willing to obey, desperate

    to do what we want, but the surgeries,

    the battering, the wounds we have

    seen mark their tattoos of decay

    will eventually overwhelm even the

    most noble of flesh, and it will be us,

    heart on hand, the heavy throb of nerves

    screeching in our vertebrae, the numbing

    in our legs, as if the ice has risen

    from the rink’s surface and embraced us,

    while the nation of devoted sigh

    the collective sigh of dismay, the way

    that death betrays our illusions of

    power; it will be us skating with the slow,

    broken slump to the officials to say,

    no more, no more, before the departure.

    We know the deep gloom in the air

    when the truth of our body’s decline

    is read out to the world, we know

    this from those leapers and acrobats,

    those sprinters and dancers, all of

    us, become the limping shadows

    of all that is elegant in the body’s

    engineering—but how lovely it is

    to have deep in our brain’s healing,

    that grand jumbotron replaying

    in loops that long history of our

    most persistent aliveness, the track

    of our flight, our bodies obedient

    to the mind’s command—sometimes

    this is all that keeps us going, as we

    answer the eyes, “I am human, I have

    always been human, and I will die human.”

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