Let's continue to kill another generation of Russian male figure skaters (he already did one or two)....
Can you tell us how then managed to get out of the prison for killing?
Now serious, those generations of Russian male skaters had loads of opportunities to show what they can, as Plushenko was very seldom at worlds and when he was at euros he brought 3 places back for next year, so 2 places were for other, he didn't competed on 3 places at the same time .
This argument is one of the silliest i hear! If they cannot get over one skater (and also an aging skater) how they will get over loads of young skaters on the international scene?
Will be ever go away???? I can't imagine that is back is happy. He's going to end up crippled and in a wheel chair.
Guys, don't worry about his health. I'm sure Plush won't push himself too hard. I guess he'll only participate in Russian Nationals to get revenge on Kovtun.
I don't have any problem with him competing. I like the guy. If his health is okay, why not.
I don't consider his "skating" to be elite level these days.
But the judges will still give him "Elite PCS" for it... ...
At this point it feels like the guy is using competitions like his own personal Vogue runway. Maybe the judges will start scoring him accurately to give him a reality check.
wow, he keeps coming back like a boomerang. If his performances are quality ones, why not; but it's these retirements followed by return followed by another 'for real' retirement followed by yet another return, that I just don't care for.
This whole "one elite level skater kills the rest in the country" theory doesn't hold up to scrutiny. What about the days when Yagudin and Plushenko were at the top together? Or Michelle Kwan, and all the rivals she had over the years (Lipinski, Hughes, Cohen)?
What does he want to prove to us, exactly? Zhenya, you've got 4 Olympic medals and years of brilliance. Figure skating is only a moment in life. You're body's going to stay with you till the end. Now I kind of agree with what Yagudin said about him. He apparently doesn't know what else to do besides figure skating.
If he wants to compete again, sure, good for him. But I don't see what he's trying to prove at this point, and certainly don't think he has anything new to offer (I mean, his FS was literally a re-hash of his past programs, after all).
I don't disagree with anything in your post (for once ), but I'd just like to point out: I doubt he created that free skate because he was "running out of ideas." He created it because it was his final Olympics, in his home country, and that free skate was his final farewell. Seriously, why would you skate to your own greatest hits collection for any other reason? For these four years, Sochi has been his endgoal. He's fought and fought through injuries get there. I thought that free skate was the most fitting swan song. Unfortunately, he couldn't end his career the way he had always intended, so now he's back... maybe... we'll see...(I mean, his FS was literally a re-hash of his past programs, after all).