Figure skating is one of the most artistic and graceful winter sports. Throughout the years, many figure skaters have become legends. One of them is Evgeni Plushenko. He is the only male skater in modern figure skating history to have won four Olympic medals.
Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko was born on November 3, 1982 in Solnechny – Khabarovsk Krai, Soviet Union. As a child he often suffered from colds. Believing he needed more exercise, his mother enrolled him in figure skating lessons at age four. He trained in Volvograd until he was 11 years old. At that time the skating ring closed, so he and his mother relocated to Saint Petersburg. There, he started training with Alexei Mishin.
In 1997, he became the youngest Junior World Champion and Word Medalist. At that time he was only 14, yet he managed to win the World Junior Championships. The following year, at only 15 years old, he won the bronze at the Senior 1998 World Championships.
His rise in the senior field continued. In the 1999-2000 season he won 7 out of the 9 competitions he participated in, proving himself a force to be reckoned with. That season brought Evgeni Plushenko the first European title and the first Grand Prix Final title. Two years later, in 2002, during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, he won the silver medal, coming second to his rival Alexei Yagudin.
In the following four years, Evgeni Plushenko was an unstoppable force in figure skating. He won 19 of the 21 competitions he participated in. Those seasons culminated with him winning the gold medal at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
After the Turin Olympics, Evgeni Plushenko took a hiatus from competitive skating. He returned to competitions twice. The first time was in 2010 when he won the European Championship and became the silver medalist at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The second time was in 2012 as he started preparing for the 2014 Olympics. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics he helped the Russian figure skating team win the gold medal.
Have you seen any of Evgeni Plushenko’s fantastic figure skating programs?
Source: evgeni-plushenko.com; Images: wikipedia
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Originally posted 2014-02-28 23:10:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter