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Olympic figure skater Evgeni Plushenko says goodbye to American fans on ‘Today’

Evgeni Plushenko thanks Michele Kwan, Evan Lysacek
Evgeni Plushenko thanks Michele Kwan, Evan LysacekPhoto by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Evgeni Plushenko had many fans surprised when he withdrew at the Olympics yesterday. Only minutes before hitting the ice at the men’s figure skating competition he decided not to skate and then several hours later he announced his retirement. Every figure skating fan was shocked at the decision as he has become a staple of the figure skating world over the decades. On Friday morning the athlete took time to share his decision with American fans on the Today show.

"First of all, I would like to say, I did a good job in my career,'' said Evgeni Plushenko on the Today show. Proud of what he has done for the world of figure skating and his country, Plushenko was all smiles.

The skating legend also wanted to thank a few other figure skating legends who skated with him over the years. Apparently there were a few famous Americans who helped him.

"Of course I would like to say a lot of thanks to Michelle Kwan,'' said Evgeni Plushenko. “Thank you very much to Evan Lysacek, who also supported me."

While the great figure skater will not be competing again, the legacy that Evgeni Plushenko left on the ice is something to be admired. Performing amazing tricks and leaving audiences speechless, the athlete made a huge impact on the figure skating world. Hopefully fans will get the chance to see the star again, after his injury is taken care of. While it might not be on the ice there is no doubt he could get a job commentating or being part of the figure skating world in another way.