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SOCHI, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. President of the International Skating Union (ISU) Ottavio Cinquanta highly appreciated the organization of a team figure skating event and Russia's figure skating star Yevgeny Plushenko - the winner in men's event of the team figure skating competition.
Speaking to Itar-Tass, Cinquanta described as "brilliant" the organization of the first ever team figure skating competition held in the history of the Olympic Games and declared that Yevgeny Plushenko “proved that he is great champion."
The competition was well-organized, and the audience accepted the new kind of the Olympic competition very well, the ISU president said. He has received numerous congratulations and expressions of gratitude, Cinquanta added.
Yevgeny Plushenko has proved even a bigger surprise than the performance of the 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya, Cinquanta said. He particularly praised a high level of concentration that Plushenko has been demonstrating for so many years. "Plushenko has proved that he is a great champion," Cinquanta stressed.
He liked Yulia Lipnitskay;s performance as well; she is too young yet, but she is full of energy and enthusiasm, Cinquanta said.
The ISU president has been to all the Olympic Games since 1976. The Sochi Olympics is the 11th successive Games attended by the 75-year-old ISU president. Because of his rich experience in the Olympic competitions it was particularly pleasant to hear his high praise addressed to the Russian team. "You have done good work," Cinquanta said, speaking to Itar-Tass.