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Plushenko withdraws from men's figure skating

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Yevgeny Plushenko withdrew from the men's figure skating competition, unable to perform in Thursday's short program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The 31-year-old Russian warmed up but did not skate and appeared to be holding his back. After talking to the judges, he gave the crowd a wave upon exiting.

Plushenko has undergone multiple surgeries during his decorated career, including a back procedure in January of last year. However, he still managed to help Russia win team gold last week to claim his fourth Olympic medal.

Plushenko claimed men's gold in 2006 and also took silver in 2002 and four years ago in Vancouver, where he finished second to American Evan Lysacek.

Following his exit on Thursday, Plushenko indicated he will likely retire.

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