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Report: Yevgeny Plushenko not ruling out 2018 Olympics

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We may not have seen Yevgeny Plushenko’s last competitive skate after all.

Plushenko announced his retirement last week in Sochi after withdrawing just before the start of the men’s competition due to a back injury.

But Russia’s figure skating hero, who helped his home country win gold in the inaugural team competition, is now saying he may make an attempt to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Reuters has relayed comments he made to Russian state television today about the prospect: “If need be, I’ll have another 10 operations…I’m not ruling out that I’ll go for a fifth Olympic Games.”

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Prior to his withdrawal in Sochi, Plushenko had seemingly turned back the clock for one last hurrah on home ice – placing second (men’s short program) and first (men’s free skate) in his two appearances for Russia in the team competition.

He earned 19 points for Russia, who won the team title, 75-65, over Team Canada. The U.S. finished with 60 points, earning the bronze.

Paralympic swimmer disqualified for Olympic rings tattoo

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British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.

Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”

Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.

If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.

It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.

At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.

An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.

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Missy Franklin reads emotional letter to parents (video)

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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.

It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.

Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.

Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.

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