Yevgeny Plushenko wants to prove he ‘is not a coward’

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Yevgeny Plushenko‘s forgettable farewell at the Sochi Olympics, pulling out of the men’s singles competition with a back injury after his short program warm-up, is still on the skater’s mind, seven months later.

“I want to prove to all those discontented that Plushenko is not a coward and did not betray his country [in Sochi],” Plushenko told a Russian radio station, according to RIA Novosti. “He could not compete due to health problems.”

Plushenko, 31, will not compete this season but is not ruling out a run for his fifth Olympics in 2018.

Plushenko won gold in the first Olympic team event in Sochi, becoming the second skater to win four Olympic medals. His potential participation in the later singles competition was put in doubt due to back problems in the days leading into it. Plus, two months before the Olympics, when he said he preferred not to compete in singles.

He received some criticism in Russia after pulling out of singles, where he was Russia’s only entrant. (Russia’s inability to qualify more than one man for singles was not Plushenko’s fault, but because younger skaters performed poorly at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.)

Plushenko had back surgery in March.

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