Sad! But if they only came to see Plushenko then they probably would have left after his skate had he skated anyways. So they probably only left 5 minutes earlier than they would have otherwise. Too bad!
Wow even Lysacek posted a picture of how the audience left...lol
I can't say I was surprised. Why didn't they put Maxim Kovtun in the SP? Isn't this the type of situation why federations name alternates?
For entries related to individual Figure Skating events (Pair Skating, Men, Ice Dance, Ladies) it is possible to make athletes replacements only up to and during the Team Leaders meeting for the Figure Skating (individual) events scheduled for 10.00 a.m. on February 10th, 2014, for the same circumstances as mentioned above (injury and/or sickness).
I knew Plushenko's body wasn't completely healthy, but I didn't see him withdrawing at the event. Not the way he wanted to go out. They couldn't call Kovtun, the deadline to call an alternate had passed.
I didn't realize there was a deadline for the alternates. Thanks for the info
It reminded me what Michelle Kwan did, was it in Torino? she made sure that she pulled out early enough to allow the alternate to fill in for her, what a classy act, and what a contrast to the situation here..I doubt Plushy had any second thought about Kovtun by withdrawing at the last second.
Would they have even been able to sub for Plushenko since he did the team event. The Russians only had one male spot, since Plushenko already competed it seems he was locked into the individual as well.
The women's event is one of the last events at the Olympics, so the window of opportunity for an alternate to be called is much larger.
Plushenko pulled a Shaun White.