Figure skating star Plushenko announces joint work with 2014 Olympic Champ Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova

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MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic Champion in figure skating Evgeni Plushenko told TASS on Tuesday that he began working with 2014 Olympic gold medalist in women’s singles Adelina Sotnikova.

“We began cooperation with Adelina (Sotnikova), however, this is all I can say at the present moment,” Plushenko said in an interview with TASS. “All details will be relieved tomorrow at a news conference.”

Sotnikova, who is also the 2013 and 2014 European Championships silver medalist used to work earlier with coach Yelena Buyanova, however the figure skater missed the previous and the current seasons.

Last Friday, Plushenko announced that he wrapped up his sports career and would not be participating in 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea’s PyeongChang.

Having announced his retirement, Plushenko told TASS last Friday that he intended to start a new career of a coach in figure skating. The world’s famous figure skater hinted on opening his own academy of figure skating in Moscow, but insisted to give away all details about it at a news conference, provisionally scheduled for April 5.

Plushenko performed in four Olympics throughout his career, winning his first Olympic gold at the 2006 Winter Games in Italy’s Turin and the second in February last year at Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. He retired from sports after the Sochi Olympics.

Plushenko, who also brought Russia silver medals both at the 2002 Olympics in US Salt Lake City and at the 2010 Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver and won seven European champion titles, struggled with back injuries over the two skating seasons prior to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but kept insisting that he would be able to perform well on his home ice.

He partly kept his promise winning the gold in team’s competition in Sochi, but his withdrawal from the men’s individuals saw him not only going to Israel in 2014 for the surgery on his back, but drew mass criticism across Russia.

During a warm-up before the individuals’ performance, Plushenko attempted a triple axel jump, but landed uncomfortably aggravating his old injury and breaking a screw that supported an artificial intervertebral disk in his back.

Eventually, the Russian figure skating star withdrew from the competition and later announced that he had decided to quit sports for good. However, in April 2015 he stunned numerous fans by announcing his comeback.


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