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SOCHI, February 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Canadian figure skater Kevin Reynolds told Itar-Tass Monday he was proud to compete with the renowned Russian figure skating celebrity, Yevgeny Plushenko, in the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
He called Plushenko an outstanding athlete and a figure skating legend.
Although Yevgeny did not take part in international competitions in the run-up to the Olympics, he had a wealth of past experience and that is why competing at the Olympic level would not be any problem for him, Reynolds said when Itar-Tass approached him between training sessions in the Iceberg ice sports center.
Plushenko will be competing for the highest positions, he said with confidence.
Reynolds indicated that he personally was prepared for struggle with the favorites of the Olympic figure skating tournament, adding that he had big enough expectations, since he managed to get to the top five in last year’s worlds championships.
He said he was feeling quite confident although these would be his first Olympic Games and he hoped he would put up fair competition to the leading athletes in the sport.
Reynolds admitted he had some problems in the first half of the season because he had not accumulated enough practice prior to it.
He also said this was his first visit to Sochi but had been in Moscow several times.
Reynolds said it was too difficult for him to compare the two cities in terms of atmosphere, since he had performed at the Moscow stages of the Grand Prix, while in Sochi he was expected to appear at the Olympics but what he had seen so far made it possible to describe the atmosphere in Sochi as incredible.
There were few spectators at the stadium yet but he could feel all the same how many great athletes had come to compete.
Patrick Chan, a Canadian holding three world titles who was training on the ice alongside with Reynolds refused to speak with reporters this time.
The Olympic figure skating tournament starts with men’s short program next Thursday, February 6, a day before the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games.