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Olympics: Injured Plushenko calls time on figure skating career

Published on Feb 14, 2014 3:00 AM
Evgeni Plushenko of Russia skates during a figure skating training sesssion in preparation for the Olympics earlier this month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SOCHI (AFP) - Two-time gold medallist Yevgeny Plushenko dramatically announced his retirement from figure skating after withdrawing from the Winter Olympics with a back injury on Thursday in a move which stunned the host nation.

"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 told Russia's Channel One. "This is not how I wanted to end my career," he said after pulling out before he was due to compete in the men's figure skating short programme.

The veteran had taken to the ice for the six-minute warm-up before the start of the men's event where he was bidding to become the first man to win five Olympic figure skating medals after already helping his team to gold.

But with two minutes, 25 seconds to go, he tried a triple axel and stumbled out of it.

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