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Injured Russian Figure Skating Champ Evgeni Plushenko Withdraws On Verge Of Last Olympic Competition

A tough moment for an all-time great.

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Evgeni Plushenko is one of the all-time great figure skaters, with two golds and two silvers in Olympic competition. At 31, this is expected to be his last Olympics — in his home country of Russia.

But — after two spinal surgeries in the past two years and a tweaked back earlier in the week in practice — Plushenko was clearly hurting in warm-ups.

A second jump went badly too.