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    Russian opposition politician says 'Invalid' Plushenko brings 'shame' to Russia

    'Invalid' Plushenko brings 'shame' to Russian Federation
    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Olympics/2.../21471031.html
    Russian opposition lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky even called Plushenko’s inclusion on to the team and his subsequent withdrawal “dishonourable,” adding; “Maxim Kovtun is shoved aside and this invalid has brought shame upon us.”

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    The sensational headline does not reflect the tenor of the article. Let's go with this instead:

    Still, the vast majority of skaters were sad to see the flamboyant Plushenko withdraw.

    “It’s not like playing hockey, like we’re a team sport,” said Toronto skater Patrick Chan. “Figure skating is such an individual event and we compete individual against individual. We hit the stage one by one. I am disappointed he wasn’t fit to compete. I wish him well for a quick recovery.”

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    Really the olympic spirit i was lookin for with loads of people here and there and everywhere liking to kick someone when he is down. Brings you really to think great about humanskind.

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    Plushenko pushed himself as far as he could go. The scheduling of the two competitions, team and individual, made it impossible for him to withdraw in time for a replacement to be named. He retires with two gold medals and two silvers in four Olympic Games, to go along with three world championships, seven Europeans, four Grand Prix Finals, and ten national championships. We will not see his like again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Plushenko pushed himself as far as he could go. The scheduling of the two competitions, team and individual, made it impossible for him to withdraw in time for a replacement to be named. He retires with two gold medals and two silvers in four Olympic Games, to go along with three world championships, seven Europeans, four Grand Prix Finals, and ten national championships. We will not see his like again.

    I agree. I watched him on the 'Today show' and teared up. He's a great Champion; I truly think he thought he would be able to just do those 2 final skates.

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plushen...6469--spt.html

    Interesting to hear what Alexei Yagudin and Urmanov think about Plushenko's situation. I don't think Plushenko pulled out at the last minute on purpose, but I do think he and his coach made a foolish decision in having him try and do both events when his back was clearly bothering him still.

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    Here is the Today Show interview.

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/today-legend-retires

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seruleane View Post
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plushen...6469--spt.html

    Interesting to hear what Alexei Yagudin and Urmanov think about Plushenko's situation.
    But then again,

    Plushenko had just one big backer Friday: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    I've been a long time fan of Plushy. Now looking back his final stint at Sochi, I feel let down. His demeanor, his egotism. The final gold medal eked out of the team event won't add to my book on his glory.

    He chickened out yesterday. I would have kept infinitely greater respect for him if he had skated at least the SP and given a dignified exiting bow to his fans, even if he had fallen three times.

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    The irony. He chickened out because he thought he wouldn't win, but it turns out if he just skated like the team event the judges would have given him Gold.

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    I bet he was thinking" Oh, i was the second and the first in team competition with clean performances, i beat Chan and some others, let's now freak out and chicken". Do you find something more logical to say or logic is suspended when we speak about the-man-is-a-must-here-to-hate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven View Post
    The irony. He chickened out because he thought he wouldn't win, but it turns out if he just skated like the team event the judges would have given him Gold.
    Not a chance that would have happened.
    I'm not sure about him "chickening out", I believe he is hurting but I do think this was the original plan and they couldn't execute it properly and/or legally.

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    " ''Perform through the pain for the honor of the country,'' Igor Lebedev, a parliament member from the nationalist Liberal Democrats, said on Twitter."

    Lovely. Well, we can't all have the pain tolerance of politicians. I mean, it would have been a piece of cake for Lebedev, no doubt - but we can't all be like him, now, can we?

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    I believe 100% 3t-3t ,2a ,3lz would have been plushenkos jumps in sp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven View Post
    The irony. He chickened out because he thought he wouldn't win, but it turns out if he just skated like the team event the judges would have given him Gold.
    Actually, with his 91 points and 268 points (already both inflated), he would have earned bronze at best.

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