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Plushenko says to debut with his new program in Tallinn next month

September 30, 2015, 15:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s titled figure skating star announced earlier that although he was skipping the current season due to a new spinal injury he currently worked on three new programs
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Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko

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MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Russia’s titled figure skating star Evgeni Plushenko told TASS on Wednesday that he will skate his new program at a demonstration performance in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on October 18.

Plushenko announced earlier that although he was skipping the current season due to a new spinal injury he currently worked on three new programs, which are two short programs and one free dance.

Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Yury Smekalov is helping Plushenko with a short program to the music of Carmina Burana, while Bolshoi Ballet choreographer Yury Posokhov is working with the figure skater on the other short program and the free dance.

"During the demonstration performance in Tallinn on October 18 I will premier my program to the music of Carmina Burana," Plushenko said in an interview with TASS.

The figure skater also said that he had planned already some 100 performances within the demonstration and figure skating shows.

"I have currently a lot of shows scheduled," Plushenko said. "In all, I have about 100 performances this year."

Two weeks ago Plushenko was diagnosed with a new spinal injury and President of the Russian Figure Skating Federation Alexander Gorshkov announced that the figure skater would miss the current season. Plushenko was enlisted in the main roster of the national figure skating team during the 2014/2015 season and was enlisted in the backup roster for the upcoming season.

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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