Evgeni Plushenko

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Evgeni Plushenko
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Personal information
Full name Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko
Alternative names Yevgeny/Yevgeni
Plyushchenko/Plushchenko
(see Romanization of Russian)
Country represented Russia
Born (1982-11-03) 3 November 1982 (age 31)
Dzhamku, Solnechny District, Khabarovsk Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Coach Alexei Mishin
Former coach Mikhail Makoveev, Tatiana Skala
Choreographer Maxim Staviski, David Avdish
Former choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo, Kenji Miyamoto
Skating club Yubileyny Sports Palace
Began skating 1986
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 261.23
2012 Europeans
Short program 91.39
2014 Winter Olympics (Team)
Free skate 176.52
2012 Europeans

Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko (Russian: About this sound Евге́ний Ви́кторович Плю́щенко​ ; born 3 November 1982) is a Russian figure skater. He is a four-time Olympic medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), a three-time World champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian national champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013). Plushenko's four Olympic medals tied Sweden's Gillis Grafström's record for most Olympic medals in figure skating.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Plushenko was born 3 November 1982 in Dzhamku, Solnechny District, Khabarovsk Krai, Soviet Union.[3] His mother was originally from Volgograd, Russian SFSR, and his father, a carpenter,[4] was born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR.[5] He has an older sister.[4] Plushenko lived in Volgograd before moving to Saint Petersburg in 1994.[6][7] A 1998 graduate of school No. 91 in Petrogradsky District, he began studying at the Lesgaft University in 2000, graduating in 2005, and at the Faculty of tourism and hospitality of the Saint Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics from 2004.[3][7]

His surname is most commonly romanized as Plushenko but other variations exist. The Cyrillic shcha ("щ") may be transliterated as 'sh' to reflect modern Russian pronunciation or, alternatively, as 'shch' (scholarly šč) to reflect the older pronunciation. The letter "ю" is pronounced "yu", so a more accurate transliteration would be "Plyushchenko". His given name is romanized as Evgeni or Yevgeny.[8][9]

On 18 June 2005, Plushenko married Maria Ermak, a sociology student at the Saint Petersburg State University, in a ceremony at the Hotel Astoria in Saint Petersburg. Their son, Egor Evgenievich (originally Kristian), was born on 15 June 2006.[10][11][12] In February 2008, they were officially divorced.[13] In August 2009, Plushenko announced his engagement to Yana Rudkovskaya, the record producer of Russian singer Dima Bilan.[14] They were married on 12 September 2009.[15] Their son, Alexander, was born in January 2013.[16]

Skating career[edit]

Plushenko and longtime coach Alexei Mishin at the 2004 Russian National Championships

Early career[edit]

Since Plushenko frequently suffered from colds, his mother decided he needed exercise and enrolled him in figure skating lessons at age four.[6] His first coach was Tatiana Skala.[3] He trained in Volgograd until his ice rink closed when he was 11 years old.[4] In 1994,[7] his mother took him to Saint Petersburg to train under the tutelage of Alexei Mishin.[6]

Plushenko made quick progress on the international scene. He became the youngest ever World Junior Champion and World medalist at age 14, winning the 1997 World Junior Championships. The following year, at age 15, he took the bronze medal at the senior 1998 World Championships.

1999–2001[edit]

Plushenko developed a rivalry with Alexei Yagudin, the two trained together under Mishin until Yagudin left in 1998.[17] In 2000, Plushenko defeated Yagudin at the 2000 European Championships, but finished off the podium at the 2000 World Championships.[18]

Plushenko had a very successful 2000–2001 season, winning every event he entered, including his first World title.[19]

2002–2006[edit]

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Plushenko and Yagudin were considered co-favorites.[20] Plushenko finished 4th in the short program after falling on his quadruple toe loop,[21] but skated a strong free skate to "Carmen" and pulled up to finish in 2nd place overall.[22]

Plushenko won most of the competitions he entered in the following four years.[8] He finished second only twice. The first time was to Emanuel Sandhu at the 2003–2004 Grand Prix Final for misunderstanding the new ISU Judging System which was now in use. 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 surgery to correct the problem in Munich, Germany in spring 2005.

Going into the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Plushenko was the overwhelming favorite because of his past success under the new judging system.[23] 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.[24] His free skate was just as strong, and also set a new ISU record.[25] Plushenko's free skating music was specially arranged for him by violinist Edvin Marton.

2006–2008: Hiatus[edit]

Plushenko took a break from competitive skating following the 2006 Olympic season. He has said the off-season 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.[26]

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.

2009–2010: Return to competition[edit]

In March 2009, Plushenko announced that he had returned to training with longtime coach Alexei Mishin in order to prepare for the 2010 Olympics.[27][28]

Plushenko led the short program in his return to skating at the 2009 Cup of Russia on 23 October 2009.[29] He earned 82.25 points for the short, and won the free skate with a score of 158.40. Overall, he won the gold in his comeback with a total of 240.65 points.[30]

In December 2009, Plushenko signed a partnership agreement with the international management agency FlashLight led by the sports agent Andreas Goller.

At the 2010 Russian Championships, Plushenko earned 100.09 points for his short program.[31] He received 171.50 points in the free skate to win his eighth Russian Championship with 271.59 points.[32]

At the 2010 European Championships, Plushenko set a new world record score in the short program by scoring 91.30 points, and went on to win the event for a sixth time with a total score of 255.39 points.[33]

He skated at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, and received a score of 90.85 for his short program performance, breaking the Olympic record and leading all competitors. Following his skate, Plushenko said "Without a quad it's not men's figure skating. I will do the quad in any case. I believe that the quad is the future of figure skating. The quad is necessary, that is my opinion."[34]

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.[35] In the free skating, he landed a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination but left a planned double loop out of a combination jump.[36] He and Lysacek received a similar total score for program components, but Plushenko had a lower total technical elements score than Lysacek. He said of the gold medal winner, Evan Lysacek, "I think we need to change the judging system – a quad is a quad. If an Olympic champion doesn't do a quad, well I don't know..."[37] In an interview to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Plushenko brought attention to the fact that, following his short program, three judges placed him 21st and 22nd for skating skills. He said, "Strangely, the computer did not drop any one of the three. But what it did instead was to drop those judges who awarded me first place. Under the current system, if this is the way judges' marks are awarded, you can win, and you can just as equally lose. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to criticize the new rules; they are not bad. But they do need further refinement." He also expressed dismay over the Russian Figure Skating Federation not standing up for one of their athletes. "After the short program, I should have had at least a 5 point lead over my competitors. In the end, however, the gap amounted to a mere 0.55 to which our Federation did not react at all."[38] Fellow Russian skating champion Irina Rodnina said that although she had hoped he would win, Lysacek had a stronger overall performance.[39] At the same time, a number of well-known skaters and coaches said they supported Plushenko and believe he deserved the gold. Among them were figure skater Elvis Stojko[40] and the coaches Reinhardt Ketterer,[41] Tatiana Tarasova,[42] and Galina Zmievskaya.[43]

Further information: Quadruple jump controversy

Plushenko became the only living single skater to have medaled at three Olympics.[44] He withdrew from the 2010 World Championships citing injury.[45]

Loss of eligibility and reinstatement[edit]

Plushenko skated in exhibitions soon after his withdrawal from Worlds.[46] On 28 June 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 figure skating federation's authorization.[47] He was given 21 days to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[48] which he did not do. As a result, his loss of eligibility became final as announced by the ISU on 23 August 2010.[49] However, a request for reinstatement could be made in line with ISU regulations subject to a review and decision by the ISU Council.[50] In September 2010, he stated his goal of competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[51] 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.[52]

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.[53] In April 2011, he sent a letter to the Russian figure skating federation president, Aleksandr Gorshkov, seeking reinstatement.[54] 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.[55] Although he said 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.[55] On 12 June 2011, it was announced that the ISU had reinstated him by a unanimous vote.[46][56]

2011–2012 season: Return to competition[edit]

On 12 June 2011, Plushenko said that he had undergone knee surgery due to a meniscus problem but would be back on track within two weeks.[46] Although his left knee continued bothering him, he resumed training in Mishin's group, alongside Artur Gachinski, saying "Competition is always good; remember there was a time when (Alexei) Urmanov, (Alexei) Yagudin and I all trained together. We pushed each other. With Artur in the group, I have a sparring partner. He does a quad and I have to do a quad as well."[44] He declined an offer to skate in a 50-show tour in order to train.[57]

Plushenko during the men's medals ceremony at the 2012 European Championships

In December 2011, Plushenko competed at the 2012 Russian Championships. He won the short program with a score of 88.24 and then won the free skate with a score of 171.43, to win his ninth national title.[58][59] He was named to the Russian team for the 2012 European Championships, although he had not competed internationally recently enough to have the minimum technical elements scores (20 in the short program, 35 in the free). The Russian figure skating federation asked the ISU to allow him to compete, with Aleksandr Gorshkov saying that the minimum scores were designed to filter out weak skaters.[60] In January 2012, the ISU released a statement confirming that Plushenko had been allowed to participate in the 2012 European Championships.[61][62] On 26 January 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 Championships.[63]

Plushenko competed at the 2012 European Championships, his first international competition since 2010. He earned a score of 84.71 for his short program and a personal-best score of 176.52 for free skate. His overall competition score of 261.23 points was also a personal best and earned him his seventh European title.[64][65] He became only the third men's skater to capture seven European titles and the only one to do so in modern history. He is surpassed only by two skaters from the early history of the sport, Sweden's Ulrich Salchow, who won nine titles from 1898–1913, and Austria's Karl Schafer, who won eight from 1929–1936. In a post-Europeans interview, Plushenko said that he had not planned to compete after 2010 but found he missed the adrenaline of competition.[57] He underwent surgery on his left knee to clean up the meniscus and repair a cartilage on 23 February 2012, in Germany.[66][67] In February, Plushenko also mentioned a back problem due to spinal disc herniation.[68] It was later determined that back surgery would not be necessary.[69] Mishin clarified that Plushenko was in good health overall.[70]

2012–2013[edit]

In April[71] and July[72] 2012, Plushenko worked with Italian choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo on a new short program. In late June 2012, he also worked with Japanese choreographer Kenji Miyamoto on his free skate for the following season.[73] His work on quad Salchows and Lutzes aggravated his spinal problem and he flew to Munich, Germany for surgery, which involved searing a disk hernia with a liquid.[74] Although doctors recommended he stay off the ice for a month, Plushenko returned in seven days, explaining "I felt that I need to run fast in order to defend my position. I had the National Championships coming up, so, not only did I start to train too early, but I started to train too intensely."[74] His decision led to complications and he received an injection, a block, in Saint Petersburg.[74] He lost some of his jumps but resumed working on quads three days before the 2013 Russian Championships in Sochi, Russia.[74] Plushenko won his 10th national title at the event.[75][76] He said his plan was to compete at the 2013 European and World Championships if his health allowed.[9]

Plushenko withdrew from the 2013 European Championships after the short program due to his back problem.[77] He underwent surgery on 31 January 2013 in Tel Aviv to replace a spinal disk with a synthetic one.[78]

2013–2014[edit]

As part of his preparation for the 2013–2014 season, Plushenko planned summer training camps in Pinzolo, Italy and Tartu, Estonia, followed by training in Saint Petersburg and Sochi.[79]

On 7 November 2013, Plushenko returned to competition at the 22nd Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia where he won the gold medal with an overall score of 263.25 points. He landed a 4T, 3A, 3A-3T in the free skate and obtained the minimum TES needed to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He had one Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 Rostelecom Cup, but withdrew due to a minor knee injury.[80] At the 2014 Russian Championships, Plushenko placed first in the short program and second in the free skate. He finished second overall behind Maxim Kovtun, his first loss at Nationals since placing third in 1998.

On 22 January 2014, it was announced that Plushenko had been awarded Russia's sole men's spot for the 2014 Winter Olympics. It will be his fourth Olympics.[81] Offered the opportunity to be Russia's flagbearer, he said it was a great honor but he could not accept due to the competition schedule.[82]

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Plushenko competed in both the short and free skate segments of the team figure skating competition. He placed second in the short program with a personal best score of 91.39 behind Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. He placed first in the free skate portion with a score of 168.20, garnering 19 points for his team. Russia won team gold, ten points ahead of Canada who got silver. This was Plushenko's second Olympic gold medal, giving him a total of four Olympic medal. This tied him with Sweden's Gillis Grafström for the record of the most Olympic medals by a figure skater. This was also Russia's first gold at the games.[83]

After struggling with a back injury in practice, Plushenko decided to withdraw from the competition after his pre-short program warm up on 13 February 2014. It was announced shortly after that he would be subsequently retiring from the sport.[84] A few days after, he announced that he was "not ruling out" the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.[85] It was announced shortly after that he was going to have another back surgery on March 2, citing a snapped pin in his back.[86]

Plushenko has expressed interest in coaching when he ends his competitive career.[53] He hopes to open his own skating school in Saint Petersburg.[44]

Achievements[edit]

ISU abbreviations:
Jumps
T Toe loop
S Salchow
Lo Loop
F Flip
Lz Lutz
A Axel

Evgeni Plushenko has won four Olympic medals, tying Gillis Grafström's record for most Olympic medals in figure skating. Plushenko is known for his longevity, dynamic performances, and technical advancement of the sport.[87][88]

Plushenko is the first male skater to perform the Biellmann spin in senior competitions.[4] At the 1999 NHK Trophy, he became the first skater to perform a 4T–3T–2Lo combination in competition. He has since landed the combination 26 times.[citation needed] Plushenko is also the first to land a 4T–3T–3Lo combination in competition.[89] He first landed the combination at the 2002 Cup of Russia and has since landed it four times.[citation needed] He is the first skater to complete the 3A-3F combination.[90]

Plushenko is also the first to perform a 3T–3T–3Lo–2Lo combination, which he first did at the 2001 ARD Gala.[91][citation needed] At the 2006 Russian Figure Skating Championships, he landed a six jump combination (3T–3T–2Lo–2Lo–2Lo–2Lo) in his exhibition program. He performed a 3A-3T-3Lo combination at the exhibition finale of the 2006 Olympics.[citation needed]

Plushenko has consistently landed 4T in competitions and landed a 4S in Samara, Russia during the 2004 Russian Cup series. It is estimated that he has landed a total of about 100 quads in competition.[citation needed]

Plushenko has worked on and landed 4Lo and 4Lz in practice, but has never completed any of them in competition. He has also worked on a 3A-4T combination.[citation needed]

At the age of 16, Plushenko became the youngest male skater to ever receive a perfect score of 6.0. He received a total of seventy five 6.0's before the new Code of Points judging system was introduced.[citation needed] Under the Code of Points system, he has set 13 world record scores (5 in the short program, 4 in free skating, and 4 in the combined total).[92]

Political career[edit]

In 2006, Plushenko joined the political party A Just Russia, and in March 2007, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg.[7][93] Following the 2010 Olympics, he announced his intention to quit politics. In April 2010, he came under fire for poor attendance, having attended only 11 of 123 parliamentary sessions since his election.[94] In December 2011, he announced he was leaving politics to train for the 2014 Olympics.[93] He quit A Just Russia and said he had no plans to join another political party.[95]

Programs[edit]

The men's podium at the 2012 European Championships medal ceremony
Plushenko skating at the 2010 European Figure Skating Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[79][96][97][98]

  • The Best of Plushenko
    arranged by Edvin Marton
    consisting of:
    • Criminal St. Petersburg
    • The Godfather
    • Sheherazade
    • Tango Amore
    • Tosca
    • Adagio (Albinoni)
  • The Best of Plushenko
2012–2013
[99]
  • Storm
    by Yanni
    arranged by Edvin Marton
2011–2012
[100]
  • Storm
    by Yanni
    arranged by Edvin Marton
2010–2011 Did not compete this season
2009–2010
[101]

2008–2009
2007–2008
2006–2007
Did not compete these seasons
2005–2006
[102]


  • Caruso
    by Luciano Pavarotti

2004–2005
[103]
  • The Godfather
    by Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola
    performed by Edvin Marton
2003–2004
[104]

2002–2003
[105]

2001–2002
[106][107]

  • Carmen Suite
    by Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin

2000–2001
[4]

  • Pasadena: Maywood lyrics
1999–2000
  • Two Step Nadya

  • Ciocarlia
1998–1999
  • Two Step Nadya

  • Ciocircla
1997–1998
  • Chronologie 2, 3
  • Zoolookologie

  • Enigma
1996–1997
1995–1996

Competitive highlights[edit]

Singles results[8]
International
Event 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 2nd 1st 2nd WD
Worlds 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 1st 1st WD
Europeans 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st WD
Grand Prix Final 5th 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st WD
GP Lalique 1st
GP NHK Trophy 1st 1st 1st
GP Skate America 2nd
GP Skate Canada 1st 1st
GP Spark./Bofrost 1st 1st 1st 1st
Goodwill Games 3rd 1st
Volvo Open 1st
Finlandia 7th 3rd 1st
Campbell's 2nd 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 6th 1st
Blue Swords 1st J.
EYOF 1st J.
National
Russian Champ. 6th 4th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Team events
Olympics 1st
Japan Open 3T/3P 3T/4P
GP = Grand Prix (Champions Series 1995–1997); J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
Plushenko did not compete in the 2006–2007, 2007–2008, and 2008–2009 seasons.

Detailed results[edit]

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships – Worlds, Europeans, and Junior Worlds. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.)

2013–2014 season
Date Competition notes SP FS Total Ref
6–9 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics team event 2
91.39
1
168.20
1T [108]
[109]
24–25 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships 1
98.41
2
162.96
2
261.37
[110]
7–8 November 2013 22nd Volvo Open Cup 1
82.34
1
180.91
1
263.25
[111]
[112]
2012–2013 season
Date Competition notes SP FS Total Ref
25–26 December 2012 2013 Russian Championships 1
91.68
1
174.26
1
265.94
[113]
[114]
6 October 2012 2012 Japan Open team event 4
156.21
3T [115]
2011–2012 season
Date Competition notes SP FS Total Ref
23–28 January 2012 2012 European Championships PR
1 – 157.52
2
84.71
1
176.52
1
261.23
[116]
25–26 December 2011 2012 Russian Championships 1
88.24
1
171.43
1
259.67
[117]
2010–2011 season
Date Competition notes SP FS Total Ref
2 October 2010 2012 Japan Open team event 3
151.00
3T [118]
2009–2010 season
Date Competition notes SP FS Total Ref
16–18 February 2010 2010 Winter Olympics 1
90.85
2
165.51
2
256.36
[119]
20–21 January 2010 2010 European Championships 1
91.30
1
164.09
1
255.39
[120]
24–26 December 2009 2010 Russian Championships 1
100.09
1
171.50
1
271.59
[121]
23–24 October 2009 2009 Cup of Russia 1
82.25
1
158.40
1
240.65
[122]
2005–2006 season
Date Competition notes SP FS Total Ref
14–16 February 2006 2006 Winter Olympics 1
90.66
1
167.67
1
258.33
[123]
20–21 January 2006 2006 European Championships 1
82.80
1
162.53
1
245.33
[124]
25–29? December 2005 2006 Russian Championships 1 1 1
1.5TFP
[125]
25–26 November 2005 2006 Cup of Russia 1
87.20
1
154.60
1
241.80
[126]
  • ^team event – This is a team event; medals are awarded for the team results only.
  • ^T – team placement
  • ^? – dates of competition, not event
  • ^TFP – Total Factored Placements

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World record holders
Preceded by
Japan Takeshi Honda
Men's short program
30 October 2003 – 27 April 2011
Succeeded by
Canada Patrick Chan
Preceded by
United States Jeffrey Buttle
Men's free skating
1 November 2003 – 15 February 2008
Succeeded by
Japan Daisuke Takahashi
Preceded by
United States Jeffrey Buttle
Men's total score
1 November 2003 – 15 February 2008
Succeeded by
Japan Daisuke Takahashi