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Evgeni Plushenko withdraws: Injury leads to end of Sochi Olympics for skater

Evgeni Plushenko withdraws from the Sochi Olympics
Evgeni Plushenko withdraws from the Sochi Olympics
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Men's figure skating fans are facing some big disappointment Thursday after one iconic skater withdrew from the competition. Evgeni Plushenko fell during his warm-up and was injured, leading to his decision to pull out of the competition. ABC News shared the details on Feb. 13.

Evgeni Plushenko, 31, was Russia's only possibility for a medalist in the short figure skating competition. This means that the Sochi Olympics will not have a Russian on the podium in the solo men's figure skating event.

Plushenko's injury came after he attempted a triple axel during warm-ups. It appeared that as he landed he hurt his leg, and he visibly winced as it happened. The news that Evgeni Plushenko had to withdraw from this event in the Sochi Olympics will come as a big disappointment not only to the Russians, but to all figure skating fans.

Many would say that Evgeni Plushenko wasn't likely to earn the gold medal in these Sochi Olympics, or even medal in the solo event at all. However, Plushenko is a crowd favorite, especially given the games are in his home country this time around. He had solid performances in the earlier phases of the games, and many were anxious to see what he would showcase in the rest of the competition.

After warm-ups, Plushenko came on to the ice as the first skater to compete, went to the referee and withdrew. When the news was announced, he waved to the crowd and put his hands on his heart. USA Today notes that with such a deep field of quality skaters in these Sochi Olympics, Plushenko was not expected to medal. Some theorized that he would withdraw after the team medals and before the individual event. Plushenko wanted to skate this last time for his fans on his home turf, but it seems it was not meant to be.

Evgeni Plushenko earned four medals across four different Olympics games, and he will certainly go down as a crowd favorite despite having to withdraw from the Sochi Olympics.