Healthy Yevgeny Plushenko open to 2016 return

Yevgeny Plushenko

Four-time Olympic medalist Yevgeny Plushenko said he could return to figure skating competition in 2016, namely next December’s Russian Championships, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Plushenko said he was feeling so healthy that he would avoid a planned back surgery, according to the report.

Plushenko, 33, has not competed since the Sochi Olympic team event. He was re-added to the Russian national team ahead of this season before being ruled out in September due to a back injury.

Plushenko has said he may try to make a fifth Olympic team in 2018.

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