Feb 9, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Evgeni Plushenko of Russia after the team ice dance free dance during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi Olympics, men’s figure skating: Evgeni Plushenko withdraws due to injury; retires

There was some stunning news on Thursday morning, as men were warming up for their short programs at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. During warm ups for the routing, Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko came down awkwardly during a jump and tweaked his back.

Plushenko has dealt with his fair share of injuries throughout his career and was hoping to cap it off with an individual gold in the men’s competition in front of the home crowd, but the pain was too much and he withdrew from the competition.

With his removal from the competition, Russia will not have a man competition in the individual competition, which was heart-breaking for those in attendance.

It is an unfortunate end to a legendary career, but at least he got to take one final bow in front of his home crowd and his last performance was a brilliant one in the team competition where Russia brought home the gold.

After withdrawing from the event, Plushenko announced that he was retiring from figure skating.

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  • Andreea

    A legend finished his glorious career, I’m honoured that I could follow
    him and watch his greatness unfold. He deserves his rest, a great
    talent, a unique showman, a powerful mind and an artist on ice like we
    never saw before and most likely we will never see again. Thank you
    Plushenko, for all the great moments you gave us, for all the sacrifices
    you made for this sport, for all the great innovations you brought and
    for the immense talent that you shared with us. I will miss seeing you
    in those great competitions, it will not be the same without you. I hope
    to see you at least as a couch next to a great talent.