I think this vid on twitter made me laugh so much
Even though the Federation is whining I'm sure they're happy that Plushenko skated the way he did in the Team Event. Once upon a time, some thought he might be the "weak link" on the Russian Team (especially after Russian Nationals). But he had two commanding performances and was 2nd in the SP (ahead of Patrick Chan) and 1st in the Free. His first performance was an incredible morale booster after the SP. That's when people started saying it's over for Canada, with an unexpectedly strong Plushkeno, Russia's winning is inevitable....
Who ever gets interviews of Plushy in english, please never correct him, he is adorable, CNN interview. Sorry I had to gush. I think he doesnt get the questions right but anyway.
Where is MK interview with Plush, so I can square - gush?
I think Evgeni did his best in the team, short and long and made a favorable impression. His only mistake was not acknowledging immediately after the team event that he was hurting and could never produce for the individual event. I think these physical ailments did not mysteriously appear during the short warm-up. He could have come up big for his county by immediately after the team event saying that his physical problems prevent him from producing at the highest level that Russia deserves for the individual. Give time for the other guy to step in. There would have been some fall-out but not as bad as pulling out during the warm up. This is where egos get in the way.