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Russia Reels After Plushenko Quits

"This is not how I wanted to end my career," he said after pulling out with a back injury before he was due to compete.
Russia Reels After Plushenko Quits

Via AFP:

Russia reeled from the shock retirement of figure skating superstar Yevgeny Plushenko on Friday as the gruelling men's super-combined ski event was set to take centre stage at the Sochi Olympics.

Two-time gold medallist Plushenko withdrew injured from the men's short programme on Thursday, waving an emotional farewell to a stunned crowd before abruptly calling time on his illustrious career.

"Amateur sport is finished for me. Maybe not in the way that I wanted. But I leave with a gold medal, that is also great," the 31-year-old icon told Russia's Channel One.

"This is not how I wan...

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