I wonder if Plush is sitting there now after how the SPs and LPs went going. "I could've doubled everything and made it..."
I think it's absolutely disrespectful to call him an invalid and saying that he "brings shame". If anything, he's been a star in Russia and the world for figure skating, and even with screwing over Kovtun from an Olympic experience, that doesn't negate all that he's done.
FYI, Plushenko's clean SP was only 91 points, 6.5 back of Chan, and 10 points back of Hanyu. Hanyu and Chan each scored 178. So Plushenko would have had to do 2 quads and 2 axels to get 275 for silver (a FS of 184) and 281 for gold (a FS of 190 points). His personal best is 176. Maybe at his supreme best he could have beaten Chan, but not Hanyu, and he certainly hasn't ever skated a CoP level program with 2 clean quads and axels, and certainly wouldn't get Nationals-level inflation (i.e. 95 points even with all those doubles).
I agree he might have had a shot, but people are delusional if they think he had much of a shot higher than bronze, even with help from the judges (who, mind you, would not have all propped him up -- note his Russian's FS earned 95 PCS and was far worse than his FS in the team event which got 86 PCS).
I didn't expect this comment especially from you? What exactly did you want to see, a reality show?, miss universe bow out? Tears and screams? To a completely stunned audience that was shouting 1 min ago like crazy, he went to judges, stopped people from further cheering and bowed out, how fast does one want to disappear withdrawing in front of home crowd in Olympic Games?
btw I didn't give SO cause from the whole noise I didn't understand what's going on, and by the time I did it was too late.
Plushenko is a pretext. This is Zhirinovsky vs. Putin.
Plush was damned if he did, damned if he didn't. He clearly also helped move ticket sales for the event as well which was a big reason to include him. He might be disappointed now, but I hope he recovers as well as he can. All of those putting him down haven't achieved what he has (same for Yags who you know is loving this; funny we didn't hear from him after Plush helped win team gold). I actually have to say that Putin has it right in this instance. I really think the ones complaining are a vocal few. Those who truly care about him (which aren't those people) understand and can still look back on his incredible legacy.
I never thought PLu would win gold but dear god, with his marks from team where his lp was messy he would have been bronze and I bet he would have skated with more heart and purpose andput on a ashow than all these healthy 20 year olds who looked like they didn't want to skate in olys
He didn't qualify for Olympics, Kovtun won Nationals and they sent falling apart Plushenko anyway. I think it's a shame. And team event would survive perfectly without him winning gold because of Yulia and V/T