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.
BREAKING: Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko has retired after withdrawing from the Sochi Olympics .
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 13, 2014
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