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Athletes that unexpectedly ended their career

February 14, 2014, 18:02 UTC+3
Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quit his sports career on Thursday, February 13.
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Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quit his sports career ahead of men’s short program at the Sochi Olympics after getting his back injured during a pre-contest warm-up
Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quit his sports career ahead of men’s short program at the Sochi Olympics after getting his back injured during a pre-contest warm-up
Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quit his sports career ahead of men’s short program at the Sochi Olympics after getting his back injured during a pre-contest warm-up
© AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev
Real Madrid player Ruben de la Red has been forced to end his playing career after he collapsed on the field suffering a heart problem during a match in 2008
Real Madrid player Ruben de la Red has been forced to end his playing career after he collapsed on the field suffering a heart problem during a match in 2008
Real Madrid player Ruben de la Red has been forced to end his playing career after he collapsed on the field suffering a heart problem during a match in 2008
© AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos
German football player Matthias Sammer retired in 1998 because of a serious knee injury. He was named UEFA Euro 1996 Best Player
German football player Matthias Sammer retired in 1998 because of a serious knee injury. He was named UEFA Euro 1996 Best Player
German football player Matthias Sammer retired in 1998 because of a serious knee injury. He was named UEFA Euro 1996 Best Player
© AP PHOTO/Karl-HEinz Kreifelts
In 2011 Chinese basketball player Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball in a press conference in Shanghai
In 2011 Chinese basketball player Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball in a press conference in Shanghai
In 2011 Chinese basketball player Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball in a press conference in Shanghai
© AP Photo/Dave Einsel
He named injuries to his foot and ankle as the main reason for retirement. Photo: Yao Ming in 2001
He named injuries to his foot and ankle as the main reason for retirement. Photo: Yao Ming in 2001
He named injuries to his foot and ankle as the main reason for retirement. Photo: Yao Ming in 2001
© AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
One of the most serious was the third fracture to his left foot sustained near the end of 2010. Photo: Yao Ming in 2013
One of the most serious was the third fracture to his left foot sustained near the end of 2010. Photo: Yao Ming in 2013
One of the most serious was the third fracture to his left foot sustained near the end of 2010. Photo: Yao Ming in 2013
© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
Marco van Basten of the Netherlands regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time played his last game in 1993 at the age of 28 due to an injury which caused his retirement two years later
Marco van Basten of the Netherlands regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time played his last game in 1993 at the age of 28 due to an injury which caused his retirement two years later
Marco van Basten of the Netherlands regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time played his last game in 1993 at the age of 28 due to an injury which caused his retirement two years later
© Ap Photo
 Canadian ice hockey player Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993 but returned to hockey after treatment
 Canadian ice hockey player Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993 but returned to hockey after treatment
Canadian ice hockey player Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993 but returned to hockey after treatment
© AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
Former Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux watches as a banner is raised honoring him during a ceremony retiring his number before the game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997
Former Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux watches as a banner is raised honoring him during a ceremony retiring his number before the game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997
Former Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux watches as a banner is raised honoring him during a ceremony retiring his number before the game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997
© AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
However, he returned again in 2000 and played several seasons before he announced his retirement as a player on Jan. 24, 2006. Lemieux finishes his career with 690 goals and 1,033 assists in 915
However, he returned again in 2000 and played several seasons before he announced his retirement as a player on Jan. 24, 2006. Lemieux finishes his career with 690 goals and 1,033 assists in 915
However, he returned again in 2000 and played several seasons before he announced his retirement as a player on Jan. 24, 2006. Lemieux finishes his career with 690 goals and 1,033 assists in 915
© AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
Russian ice hockey player Pavel Bure called "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, retired in 2003 following a knee injury
Russian ice hockey player Pavel Bure called "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, retired in 2003 following a knee injury
Russian ice hockey player Pavel Bure called "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, retired in 2003 following a knee injury
© Fotokhronika TASS/Igor Utkin
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Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quit his sports career ahead of men’s short program at the Sochi Olympics after getting his back injured during a pre-contest warm-up
© AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev
Real Madrid player Ruben de la Red has been forced to end his playing career after he collapsed on the field suffering a heart problem during a match in 2008
© AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos
German football player Matthias Sammer retired in 1998 because of a serious knee injury. He was named UEFA Euro 1996 Best Player
© AP PHOTO/Karl-HEinz Kreifelts
In 2011 Chinese basketball player Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball in a press conference in Shanghai
© AP Photo/Dave Einsel
He named injuries to his foot and ankle as the main reason for retirement. Photo: Yao Ming in 2001
© AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
One of the most serious was the third fracture to his left foot sustained near the end of 2010. Photo: Yao Ming in 2013
© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
Marco van Basten of the Netherlands regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time played his last game in 1993 at the age of 28 due to an injury which caused his retirement two years later
© Ap Photo
Canadian ice hockey player Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993 but returned to hockey after treatment
© AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
Former Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux watches as a banner is raised honoring him during a ceremony retiring his number before the game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997
© AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
However, he returned again in 2000 and played several seasons before he announced his retirement as a player on Jan. 24, 2006. Lemieux finishes his career with 690 goals and 1,033 assists in 915
© AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
Russian ice hockey player Pavel Bure called "The Russian Rocket" for his speed, retired in 2003 following a knee injury
© Fotokhronika TASS/Igor Utkin

Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quit his sports career on Thursday, February 13. He made an announcement ahead of men’s short program at the Sochi Olympics after getting his back injured in a jump during a pre-contest warm-up. Learn about other sportsmen who unexpectedly put an end to their career in sports.

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