Russian Olympic figure skating champion Yevgeny Plushenko, who has not competed since January, is training twice a day and still wants to compete at the Sochi Olympics.
“I’m trying to compete,” Plushenko, the 2006 gold medalist, told R-Sport. “Only victory. I’m training and my goal is the Sochi Olympics, exactly that, and to compete. Not to be a spectator, but to compete.”
The 30-year-old is trying to return from a back injury and win a medal at a fourth straight Olympics.
Russia only earned one men’s figure skating spot at the Olympics, but the coach of one of Plushenko’s top competitors for the berth recently said Plushenko will be given the spot if healthy.
Plushenko is entered in the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, a Grand Prix event from Nov. 22-24. The Russian National Championships are in December, though the winner there is not guaranteed to be given the Olympic spot.
Should he get to Sochi, Plushenko will have two chances to become the second figure skater to win four career Olympic medals. He has the singles event and the new team event, where Russia figures to vie with the United States, Canada and Japan for gold.
Plushenko’s rival from the 2010 Olympics, American Evan Lysacek, is also training for a comeback. Lysacek has not competed since winning gold at the 2010 Games and pulled out of last weekend’s Skate America with a hip injury.
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Canada beat the U.S. for the 39th time in 43 games in World Hockey Championship history, 5-1 in the biggest rout between the two rivals since 1997 in their Worlds opener in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
NHL players Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Brendan Gallagher and Boone Jenner scored for Canada, which came back from a 1-0 deficit.
The U.S. had New Jersey Devils backup Keith Kincaid in goal. Canada started Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot, who allowed a first-period goal to Patrick Maroon.
The U.S., bronze-medal winner in 2013 and 2015, and reigning World champion Canada are in the same eight-team group at Worlds.
The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals that begin May 19.
The U.S. next plays Belarus on Saturday. Full NBC Sports broadcast coverage information of Worlds is here.
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Lindsey Vonn continued her offseason tour by sailing with Oracle Team USA, winner of the last two America’s Cups, in the Hudson River in New York City on Thursday.
That came one day after Vonn joined Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth and Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour party in Baltimore.
Vonn is next expected to hit Louisville for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.
NBC Sports will present live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series from New York at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (NBC Sports Live Extra) and Sunday (NBCSN, Live Extra).
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