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SOCHI, February 06, 21:01 /ITAR-TASS/. Ovations and chanting, with which spectators in the Iceberg ice sports compound in Sochi hailed the renowned Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko during Friday’s team competitions, testify to the huge responsibility vested in him, Plushenko’s coach Alexei Mishin said.
“As the Russian saying goes, the very walls help you when you are at home but chants mean a burden of responsibility lying on him, and it’s a really heavy burden. We moved towards these Olympic Games in our own unconventional manner and everything is OK for the time being” he said.
“Figure skating is not developing along parallel models,” he noted. “There was a time when we had Belousova and Protopopov, Torvill and Dean, and Peggy Fleming, and now we have a full constellation of talents in men’s skating. This means, however, it won’t be easy for Evgeni to compete with others here.”
Plushenko: fourth Olympic Games are even more difficult than first ones
It is more difficult for an athlete to check emotions at the fourth Olympic Games than at the first ones, Evgeni Plushenko said.
“I am glad the way the competitions began. One should not think about medals or points during the Olympics, but just do her or his job. Then everything will turn out well,” he added.
Plushenko said the home crowd’s “wild support” had certainly produced a great impact on his skating. “That could not but influence my performance. It only seems that it is easier to control emotions at your fourth Olympics. In fact, it turned out to be more difficult than at the first Olympic Games,” Plushenko went on to say.
The 2006 Olympic champion said his return to tango in the short programme was right.
“We have prepared several options of the short and free programmes for this season. I believe that the tango style matches me most. Today’s skating was good,” Plushenko said in conclusion.
Upon the completion of the first leg of the team tournament, Plushenko was second in men’s short program.