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Originally Posted by shine
Actually, Plushenko was grandfathered into senior eligibility by having competed at a senior event before the new age limits went into effect in 1996-97.
Originally Posted by karne
In addition, he had a (gold) medal from 1997 Junior Worlds, which between 1997 and 2000 gave an exception to the age limits.
I.e., he was eligible to compete at 1998 Olympics, was the first alternate on the Russian team, and did compete and medal at Europeans and Worlds that year.