Sports·Posted on Feb 13, 2014Injured Russian Figure Skating Champ Evgeni Plushenko Withdraws On Verge Of Last Olympic CompetitionA tough moment for an all-time great.by Ben Mathis-LilleyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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. Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune / MCT 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. View this vine on Vine vine.co A second jump went badly too. View this vine on Vine vine.co So, as he was being called out to perform, Plushenko skated to the judges' table and withdrew from competition. NBC He took a few seconds to wave to the home crowd. NBC And then it was over. Plushenko won his first world championship medal 16 years ago next month.