"Sports Week", 24.10.2011 (Russia-2)translation by Nyssa:
The Grand Prix figure skating series started last week. Many of the leading skaters did not go to Ontario to compete in the first event, including our skaters. The top Russian star Evgeni Plushenko has not registered to take part in Grand Prix. Lately there have been many rumors regarding his return to the sport. Which competition will be his first? And when will it happen? Today in St. Petersburg Nikita Goulin got a chance to speak with Plushenko and watch Evgeni train.
- Plushenko: Sasha, your vest looks very cool. Why dressed so nicely?
- Smirnov: My wife did some shopping.
- journalist: Not only women talk about clothes. Men also discuss their wardrobe. Alexander Smirnov arrived at his training session in a new outfit.
- Plushenko: That's all very well, but the problem is that wives are unstoppable when it comes to shopping.
- Smirnov: She spent both mine and her own salary.
- Plushy: So our salaries are not very big?
- Smirnov: Depends on the person.
- Plushy: We all have the same salary.
The broken hand, about which Evgeni wrote in his Twitter, does not stop him from tying skate's shoe laces by himself, but he has to be very careful in his jumps. He cannot fall down on the broken hand. The special protective brace he has to wear on his hand does interfere with training.
Plushenko's first official competition start this season will be the Russian Nationals Championship which will be in December 2011. Earlier Plushenko planned to skate in the Russian Cup, but two recent surgeries on his knees and broken wrist stopped him. Despite everything the figure skater is full of resolve to prove that Plushenko is not finished.- Plushenko:
"All my power and hard work are focused on the coming competitions. Still, though I must train hard, my trainings must be reasonably balanced. I must not jump too much, must not spin too much, I must not overload my body too much because my leg just finished healing. Thank God, I finally feel healthy again!
Before I used to wake up in the morning, and my whole body was hurting. Now I wake up and I feel like running, walking, sprinting down the stairs of my home... I feel like running to my training session Finally, I have no serious health problems. Finally all my joints and ligaments have been fixed. And I feel a desire to work hard! I want to move!"
Triple Axel Plushenko jumps with the broken hand and he calls it his preparation for the quad. Multiple-spin jumps are one of the know-hows of the accomplished Russian coach Aleksei Mishin. Artur Gachinski also jumps quads. Whether better or worse than Plushenko is a separate question. It seems Evgeni has already decided it for himself. - Plushenko:
"In many interviews I have already said that I am not scared to lose. My goal is Olympic Games 2014 in my home country. I want to compete at Olympic Games for the 4th time. Set a new record because no other male singles figure skater has ever competed at 4 Olympic Games. I want to stand on the Olympic pedestal again. Those are my goals. But I am not scared to lose. Even if something does not happen, I have already done a lot for figure skating, for my country, and for myself."
At his almost 29 years of age, his birthday is in 10 days, Plushenko is a true veteran because the sport of figure skating is getting younger. However, Plushenko has no insecurities regarding that. On the contrary, that only helps to prolong his athletic youth.- Plushenko:
"It's nice to skate with young people. I have already skated with several generations. Take for example... Urmanov... I skated with Viktor Petrenko, though those were professional skating tournaments... Elvis Stojko, Kurt Browning... Brian Boitano... Yagudin, Kulik... Abt... Where are they? They are all in their professional careers now. Meanwhile Plushenko is still competing as an amateur skater, Plushenko has returned to amateur sport thanks to his wife Yana. Got 2nd place at Olympic Games in Vancouver - not a bad achievement.
Now coming back again... I am living and enjoying my life! I am enjoying the life of an athlete! I am enjoying my favorite sport! Of course it is difficult. It is incredibly difficult!
One day I may decide to write a book... This will be a big serious book. My first small book "Another Show" has already been published. After the Olympic Games 2014 I will write about how it all was in Vancouver, in Sochi...
In this in season alone I left and came back 3 times. Why? Because of injuries. I left, and I came back. Hoping that everything will work out well now."
Now almost all of Mishin's students have left the ice, but Plushenko continued to practice elements of his new free skate program. Only 2 months left before Russian Nationals Championships, and he must be ready.
When else would you see this? Olympic champion of Turin, two times Olympic silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, is training on ice, at the same time as the ice rink is being resurfaced. The training sessions are very intense right now.