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Coach: Figure-skater Yevgeny Plushenko earns fair place in Russian Olympic team

January 23, 2014, 17:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"What guarantees are you talking about? Can you be sure that you won’t slip and break anything?" Russian figure-skating coach Tatyana Tarasova said

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MOSCOW, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Well-known Russian figure-skating coach Tatyana Tarasova told Itar-Tass on Thursday that it was absolutely right to send 2006 men’s Olympic Figure-Skating Champion Evgeni Plushenko to the Olympic Games in Sochi.

“I think that the decision is not subject to any discussion. This is the right choice. He feels well and is ready to compete. He is an outstanding figure-skater and has earned the right to perform at the Olympics,” Tarasova said.

Asked whether Plushenko’s presence in Sochi would give some kind of guarantee that Russia would win a medal in men’s single skating, Tarasova replied there could be no guarantees but the choice was right.

“What guarantees are you talking about? Can you be sure that you won’t slip and break anything? It’s just sport. But the choice was right,” Tarasova emphasized.

Valentin Piseyev, the head of the federation, said the test-skating program of Plushenko was incomparable to his performance at last month’s national championships and eventually he deserved the place in the Olympic team.


Plushenko the sole representative of Russian team

January 21, Russian Figure Skating Federation reported that 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.

Late December Plushenko won silver at the Russian Figure Skating Championships, losing to Maxim Kovtun, who won the gold medal.

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.


MP reacts to Plushenko’s nomination

Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who is famous for his criticism of things he dislikes in a bold, dramatic and even rude manner, has declared on Thursday that if Evgeni Plushenko fails to win the Olympic gold in Sochi the LDPR party will do everything to sack the Russian Figure Skating Federation.

Plushenko "has been ill", Zhirinovsky claims. "Why do we send then an injured sportsman to the Olympics?" Zhirniovsky wonders. "Maxim Kovtun would be the right choice," Zhirinovsky declared at "An Open Tribune" debates devoted to the development of sport and health protection. "If Plushenko fails to win we will do everything possible to sack the Figure Skating Federation," Zhirinovsky warned.

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