MOSCOW, January 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko was appointed as the sole representative of the Russian national team in men’s singles, as the country was given only one slot in this discipline, press service of the Russian Figure Skating Federation reported Wednesday.
Late December Plushenko won silver at the Russian Figure Skating Championships, losing to Maxim Kovtun, who won the gold medal. Meanwhile, at the recent European Figure Skating Championship Kovtun finished fifth; his compatriots Sergei Voronov and Konstantin Menshov were ranked second and third respectively. January 21 Plushenko performed his qualifying program at the Olympic training camp in Novogorsk in front of specialists and heads of the Figure Skating Federation. Based on his performance Plushenko was picked to represent Russia at the Olympics in men’s singles figure skating.
Plushenko won gold at the 2006 Olympics and silver at 2002 and 2010 Games. He’s a three-time world champion and seven-time European champion.