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 Evgeny Plushenko

Born:   3 November 1982

A figure skater, repeated Russian, European, World, Olympic Champion


A Good Start
Evgeny Plushenko was born on November 3, 1982, in Solnechny, Khabarovsk Krai. His family moved to Volgograd when he was three. He started skating at age of four, and soon became one of the most successful pupils in his sports school. In his first years he learned to make a bielmann spin - a very upright figure skating spin, which is very popular in professional skating. By 1993 Evgeny learned all triple jumps (including triple axel jump).
His Volgograd school was closed, when Plushenko was 11, so he had to move to St. Petersburg without his parents. There he trained under the tutelage of Alexei Mishin, the main trainer in his career. Being interested in Plushenko's career, Mishin payed for his flat and board, while Plushenko trained in the group together with Alexei Urmanov and Alexei Yagudin. The last one became Plushenko's most strong competitor for many years.

Internation Level
Plushenko made quick progress on the international scene under Mishin's tutelage. As a 14-year-old, he won the 1997 World Junior Championships. He first took part in the World Championship in 1998, after Ilya Kulik's refusal to participate in it. He took the third place. After several winnings in season 1999-2000, he made some mistakes at the World Championship and was only fourth. Then he upgraded level of his skating and jumping technique, which allowed him to win European and World Championships 2000-2001. He also presented his notable voluntary program "Sexbomb". The same year, at the Russia's Figure Skating Cup, Plushenko made currently the most complicated combination in world figure skating: quad toe loop - triple toe loop - triple loop jump (4+3+3).
At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Plushenko and Yagudin were considered co-favorites. Plushenko finished 4th in the short program, as he fell while making quad toe loop. Then he skated a strong free skate to "Carmen" and pulled up to finish in 2nd place overall.
After Yagudin's leaving the figure skating because of serious trauma, Plushenko won almost all the championships 2003-06 He finished second only twice. The first time was to Emanuel Sandhu at the 2003–2004 Grand Prix Final. The second was the 2004 European Championships, where he lost to Brian Joubert.
He had a difficult 2004–2005 season. At the 2005 World Championships in Moscow, an injury forced him to withdraw after the short program. He eventually required groin surgery. He underwent groin surgery to correct the problem in Munich, Germany in spring 2005.



At the Summit of Fame
Winter Olympic Games 2006 in Turin became the crown of Plushenko's career. Plushenko was the overwhelming favorite because of his past success under the new ISU Judging System which was now in use. Plushenko skated two solid programs and became the Olympic champion. He finished the short program ten points ahead of his closest rival, setting a new ISU record for the short program. His free skate was just as strong, and also set a new ISU record. Plushenko's free skating music was specially arranged for him by violinist Edvin Marton. Eventually, he won with a enormous advantage of 27 points (which is equial to three quad of seven triple toe loops) over second-placed Stephane Lambiel.
Plushenko took a break from competitive skating following the 2006 Olympic season. He has said the off season has helped him rest and recover from past knee injuries he has battled.
After seeing the poor results of Russian skaters at the 2007 World Championships (the worst since 1960), Plushenko was worried about Russia losing its status as a dominant force in figure skating, and was also concerned that Russia might even lose berths for its skaters in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He announced in April 2007 that he decided to return to competitive skating for the 2007–2008 season to keep Russia at a competitive level with other countries until the next generation of Russian skaters could take over but a return to the ice did not materialize. Plushenko also stated that he planned to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In March 2009, Plushenko announced that he had returned to training with longtime coach Alexei Mishin in order to prepare for the 2010 Olympics. At the 2009 Cup of Russia he became the eight-time champion of Russia. 
In December 2009, Plushenko signed a partnership agreement with the international management agency FlashLight led by the sports agent Andreas Goller.
At the 2010 European Championships Plushenko set a new world record score in the short program by scoring 91.30 points (beating his own previous world record of 90,66 points at the 2006 Winter Olympics), and went on to win the event for a sixth time with a total score of 255.39 points.
At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Evgeny Plushenko finished second in the free skating and second overall, ultimately winning the silver medal with a total score of 256.36, 1.31 points behind the winner Evan Lysacek.
He and Lysacek received a similar total score for program components, but Plushenko had a lower total technical elements score than Lysacek. The results of points calculating were debatable, and Plushenko criticized the new rules and also expressed dismay over the Russian Figure Skating Federation not standing up for one of their athletes. However, Plushenko became the only living singles skater to have medaled at three Olympics.

Retrenchment and Reinstatement
Plushenko skated in exhibitions soon after his withdrawal from Worlds. On June 28, 2010, the International Skating Union announced that Plushenko had lost his eligibility due to participating in skating shows in March and April without the Russian skating federation's authorization. He was given 21 days to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which he did not do. As a result, his loss of eligibility became final as announced by the ISU on August 23, 2010. However, a request for reinstatement could be made in line with ISU regulations subject to a review and decision by the ISU Council. In September 2010, he stated his goal of competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In October 2010, he competed in the Japan Open 2010 as part of the European team. Each team was allowed to have an "ineligible" member. He placed third 
in the men's event.
Plushenko skated in ice shows around the world while continuing to train for a possible return to competition by practicing quad salchows and quad loops. In April 2011, he sent a letter to the Russian skating federation president, Aleksandr Gorshkov, seeking reinstatement. Plushenko said he hoped the ban was not a retaliation of his criticism of the judging at the Olympics and that he would like to return to competition with a clean slate. 

That is Just Where it Starts
Although he would have liked to compete at the 2011 World Championships if the ban had been lifted, he did not feel he would have been ready due to lost training time as a result of injury. On June 12, it was announced that the ISU had reinstated him by a unanimous vote.
Evgeny Plushenko started training in Mishin's group, alongside Artur Gachinski, although he still had problems with his knee injury.
In December 2011, Plushenko competed at the 2012 Russian Championships. He won the short program with a score of 88.24 and then the free skate with a score of 171.43, to win his ninth national title. On January 26, 2012, Plushenko confirmed that he would undergo additional surgery on his meniscus after the competition and would be unable to compete at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. On January 28, 2012, Evgeny Plushenko won the 2012 European Championships, his first international competition since 2010, and became only the third men's skater to capture seven European titles and the only one to do so in modern history.
Now the main goal of Evgeny Plushenko is to win the 2012 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and then to finish his sports career. To prepare well for that competition he refused to take part in several smallest championships and concentrated on traumatotherapy. He will undergo surgery on his left knee on February 23, 2012, in Germany.


Evgeny Plushenko is the 2006 Winter Olympics gold medalist, 2002 Winter Olympics silver medalist, and 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist, three-time (2001, 2003, 2004) World champion, seven-time (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012) European champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final champion and a nine-time (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012) Russian national champion.
He is one of the few male skaters to perform the Biellmann spin. He ihas landed a total of about 100 quads in competition. He was the first skater in the world to perform a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop-double loop jump (4–3–2) combination. At the European Championships, he landed a six jump combination (3–3–2–2–2–2) in his exhibition program.
At the age of 16, Plushenko was the youngest male skater to ever receive a perfect score of 6.0. He received a total of seventy five 6.0s before the new Code of Points judging system was introduced.
Plushenko is the only male figure skater in the modern history of the sport to have won three Olympic medals in singles (Gillis Grafström won four in the early years of the sport, from 1920–1932).

Not Only Sport
In 2008 Plushenko, together with violinist Edvin Marton, accompanied Dima Bilan on stage as part of the winning
Eurovision Song Contest performance "Believe" in Belgrade, Serbia.
Plushenko skated on stage as part of the performance.
Evgeny Plushenko has a rank of Senior Lieutenant of the Russian Army (as a member of SKA club).
 Plushenko was an anchorman at the popular star-featured TV show "Stars on the Ice" with Russian figure skater Irina Slutskaya.
He acted in perfume's (Glacier Ice from Oriflame) and Chupa-Chups commercial.
In 2006, Plushenko joined the political party A Just Russia and in March 2007, he was elected to the Saint Petersburg Legislative Assembly. In December 2011, he announced he was leaving politics to train for the 2014 Olympics. He said he didn't plan to join any political party. 
Plushenko is one of numerous authorized representatives of Vladimir Putin, as a candidate for presidency.

Personal Life
On June 18, 2005, Plushenko married Maria Ermak, a sociology student at the University of St. Petersburg, in a lavish ceremony at the Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg. Their child, a son named Egor Evgenievich (originally Kristian), was born on June 15, 2006. They separated, however, not long afterwards and divorced in February 2008.
 In August 2009, Plushenko announced he was engaged to marry Yana Rudkovskaya, Dima Bilan's record producer. They were married on 12 September 2009. Plushenko said he is interested in coaching when he ends his competitive career. He hopes to open his own skating school in Saint Petersburg. 

Evgeny Plushenko - "Tosca" Short Program Olympics Torino 2006

Evgeny Plushenko - "Sexbomb"

 Eurovision 2008 Bilan-Plushenko Marton "Believe"

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