While there's nothing wrong with holding your own interests dearly at heart, I guess it's a matter of how far you are willing to go to secure it. In my mind, his behavior and the consequence of it make him a very poor sportsman.
ETA: not to mention that I can't completely shake off the suspicion that his battered back just might've held up if he had known that he could have made the podium, or to the top with the way judges have been helping.
Didnt I read when a team event was announced that Plushy would skate just that...and they were told that a competitor must be one of the individual skaters. Thus sounds to me like they threw Kovtun under the bus to get Plushy...to skate just what was planned.
May have figured K wouldnt place high enough to do them any good in future slots...and that he might stay around another 4 years as he is so new. Just my thoughts...
I think it was mostly to secure that team gold and put butts in seats. A youngster who has never medaled at worlds and probably has like zero name recognition is not going to draw the crowd that Plushenko, their most famous athlete, can. The mass exodus pretty much told you that. I mean, if your goal is to sell the event, you bring back ancient Michael Jordan and not some current bench player.
Russia's men's skating just hit the bottom. But the good news is that is can only go up now. Kovtun has a lot of potential. Let's see how he does.