August 23, 2010
Silver medalist Plushenko out of 2014 OlympicsRussian skater stripped of eligibility
By MARGARET SHERIDAN, QMI Agency
Defending Olympic silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko won’t have a chance to upgrade to gold on home ice in Sochi following a ruling today by the International Skating Union.
The outspoken Russian superstar, who has a gold and two silver Olympic medals in men’s figure skating, will leave some very large skates to fill on a host Russian team hoping to top the medal podium.
Plushenko’s eligibility was revoked in June after having skated in several exhibition performances shortly after withdrawing from the World Championships citing an injury. The ISU has rules against a skater withdrawing from competitions to skate in exhibitions for monetary gain.
Following the June decision Plushenko reportedly had 21 days to challenge the ruling. But the ISU announced on Monday that since no appeal had been filed the decision became final. Without his eligibility he won’t be able to compete in any ISU events including the Grand Prix, Olympics and World Championships.
In February, following the Vancouver Olympics, Plushenko was quoted as saying: “I would like to compete. I would like to skate in 2014 in Sochi. I'm gonna try. I'm really gonna try.”