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Russian Olympic champion Plushenko starts staging new skating program jointly with Bolshoi

September 24, 2015, 17:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The titled 32-year-old Russian figure skater performed in four Olympics throughout his career and plans to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea’s PyeongChang
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Evgenii Plushenko

Evgenii Plushenko

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MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. Russia’s titled figure skater, two-time Olympic Champion, Evgenii Plushenko, has started staging his new skating program together with Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin and choreographer Yuri Posokhov.

"Yesterday we started staging programs at the Bolshoi Theater with Sergey Filin and Yuri Posokhov. It’s very unusual, I am inspired," Plushenko said on his Instagram page on Thursday.

Although retired in the past, Plushenko first stunned media in the summer of 2014 by announcing that he intended to compete for another title at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea’s PyeongChang, which may turn into his 5th career Olympics. He officially announced his comeback on April 17 this year.

The titled 32-year-old Russian figure skater performed in four Olympics throughout his career, winning his first Olympic gold at the 2006 Winter Games in Italy’s Turin and the second in February last year at Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. He retired from sports after the Sochi Olympics.

Plushenko, who also brought Russia silver medals both at the 2002 Olympics in US Salt Lake City and at the 2010 Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver and won seven European champion titles, struggled with back injuries over the two skating seasons prior to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but kept insisting that he would be able to perform well on his home ice.

He partly kept his promise winning the gold in team’s competition in Sochi, but his withdrawal from the men’s individuals saw him not only going to Israel last March for the surgery on his back, but drew mass criticism across Russia.

During a warm-up before the individuals’ performance, Plushenko attempted a triple axel jump, but landed uncomfortably aggravating his old injury and breaking a screw that supported an artificial intervertebral disk in his back.

Eventually, the Russian figure skating star withdrew from the competition and later announced that he had decided to quit sports for good.

In April, Plushenko was enlisted once again in the Russian national figure skating team.

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