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Plushenko says never gives up, continues trainings despite new spinal injury

Russian figure skater was earlier diagnosed with a crack in an intervertebral disc and according to the president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, he would miss the upcoming competitions
Evgeni Plushenko (left) Yuri Belinsky/TASS Archive
Evgeni Plushenko (left)
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MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Russia’s titled figure skater, two-time Olympic Champion, Evgeni Plushenko told TASS on Tuesday he did not give up and would continue practicing despite a newly diagnosed spinal injury.

Alexander Gorshkov, the president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, announced earlier in the day that the famous Russian figure skater was diagnosed with a new spinal injury and would undergo another surgery. Groshkov said Plushenko was "diagnosed with a crack in an intervertebral disc" and the skater would miss the upcoming season’s competitions.

"I continue my trainings," Plushenko said in an interview with TASS. "I am forced to skip this season as the new injury is troubling me. Doctors recommend a surgery, but if I decide to go for it, then it would be no earlier than March."

"At the moment, my relatives and close ones are not ready for it [for the surgery]," Plushenko said. "It will be a tough decision and I will need time to make it. This is why I am in constant contact with the federation, the figure skating administration and with the coach."

"Everyone is supporting me and tomorrow I will hit the ice again jointly with my coach. I am not giving up!" Plushenko added.

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.