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Evgeni Plushenko, Russian Figure Skater

Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko is a Russian sportsman and figure skater, sex symbol and world champion.

His first Olympic gold came to him with both hard effort and good luck. During one interview, Evgeni confessed that he had a very strong subconscious fear as he had failed a toe loop element during Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. He then only took the second place.That's why he was afraid to fail again during his performance in Turin in 2006. The short program including that unlucky element was a success, judges were fair, scores were high. But Evgeni admitted that he had nearly fallen again and that he had a strong feeling of some powerful mystical energy helping him and preventing him from falling. "It was like an angel lifted me", he said. Simply speaking, he was lucky. In 2010 he won silver.

During his career as a figure skater he won lots of medals and prizes, got a bunch of traumas and acquired plenty of admirers.

Evgeni with his first wife Maria

Evgeni with his first wife Maria


Evgeni spent his childhood traveling. At first the family lived in Siberia, and his parents took part in the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. But the rigorous climate weakened Evgeni. He caught cold now and then, and once he had a pneumonia. After his recovery the family moved to Volgograd. It is there that an interesting situation took place after which Evgeni began to do skating.

Doctors advice was that he should do sports for a better health. Once as he was walking with his mother in the street they encountered a girl who was crying. She didn't like her skates, and so her mother gave them to Evgeni. Miraculously they fitted him perfectly. And he liked the gift. This is how he began to skate. At the end of February 1987 Plushenko was invited to join a skating club.

His first prize was a crystal skate that he got at the age of 7.

His character was strong as well as his belief in his talent. At the age of 11 he began to do complicated elements even better than many adult figure skaters. This is when the skating ring was closed. To continue his vocation he had to move to Saint-Petersburg.

Evgeni Plushenko and The Olympic Games



Salt Lake City, USA

Silver medal


Turin, Italy

Gold medal


Vancouver, Canada

Silver medal

Evgeni Plushenko performing on the ice

Evgeni Plushenko performing on the ice

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Moving to Saint-Petersburg

North capital of Russia was Mishin's place. Mishin was a famous trainer of figure skaters and had a lot of students. It was a privilege to be one of them. Plushenko only had one chance. And he was lucky. Mishin made him part of his team.

However, Evgeni came across many difficulties. He was a young boy of 12 years old in a big city, without a place of his own to live in and with no income. He had to combine study and training. He was a newbie, and his older teammates were hard on him.

Evgeni got a room in a dormitory. He took care of himself because his mother couldn't live with him and stayed in Volgograd. With time she moved to Saint-Petersburg. But his father and elder sister stayed in Volgograd.

Evgeni and his second wife Yana

Evgeni and his second wife Yana

A year later he got his first results winning the sixth place in Russian championship and in juniors' championship in Australia.

At the age of 14 he got his first trauma. His back hurt. But it was just before the Cup of Russia competitions. So he continued to struggle. He got anesthetized and took the fourth place among the adults.

That year he became the youngest junior sportsman who won a competition. And he began to take part in adult competitions.

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Victories and Defeats

The world of professional sport is quite merciless. Young age does not mean anything. Evgeni worked like an adult, even more. He began to collect medals in championships and competitions. His friend Alexei Yagudin became also his rival.

At the age of 16 he won silver medals at European and World championships.

The next year he impressed spectators with his program. The element of Plushenko appeared. It was a complicated series of spins and jumps that only Evgeni could accomplish. He won a lot of gold medals. Yet, the fourth place in the world championship made him sad. In 2000-2001 Evgeni was very lucky. He became a star and his program made his viewers stand up and applaud.

Enjoy The Energy Of Evgeni's Long Program

The World Champion

2002 was the year of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Evgeni planned to take part in them and win, but his old traumas revealed themselves. He fell on the ice at the very beginning of his program. He only got silver. He was 19 years old. He spent the rest of the year in hospitals.

He kept on performing and competing acquiring victories and traumas, struggling in between competitions and hospitals.

At he age of 22 he had his own show.

Personal and Social Life

2005-2006 was the season of the Olympic Games in Turin. In 2005 Evgeni endured a complicated operation. It took him long to recover. The same year he married to Maria Ermak. During the Olympic Games he won a gold medal. The same year his first son Egor was born.

In 2007 Evgeni Plushenko tried his hand at politics, showbusiness, project coordinating. But his personal life leaved much to be desired, and he got divorced.

In 2009 he got married for the second time and returned to the competitive world of figure skating. Yet, he didn't win the desired gold in Vancouver and got a silver medal.

In 2013 his second son Alexandre was born.

Evgeni, Russian ice king, dreams of opening his own school for figure-skaters in the city of his childhood, Volgograd.

This year, Evgeni will continue his struggle and will represent Russia during the Olympic Games in Sochi. Let's wish him good luck.

Test Your Figure Skating Knowledge

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Figure skaters wear
    • roller blades.
    • ice blades.
    • ice skates.
  2. Which are not elements in competitive figure skating?
    • Throws.
    • Jumps.
    • Lifts.
  3. Along the bottom of a figure skate you can see
    • jagged teeth.
    • a long groove.
    • sharp points.
  4. In a competition, figure skaters usually perform
    • two elements.
    • two sequences.
    • two programs.
  5. A performance in figure skating is called
    • a program.
    • a dance.
    • a sequence.
  6. Jumps, spins and lifts are called
    • movements.
    • steps.
    • elements.
  7. The first program a skater performs is called
    • a short program.
    • a long program.
    • a start program.
  8. An element in which skaters rotate repeatedly is called
    • a revolution.
    • a spin.
    • a repetition.

Answer Key

  1. ice skates.
  2. Throws.
  3. a long groove.
  4. two programs.
  5. a program.
  6. elements.
  7. a short program.
  8. a spin.

© 2014 Anna Sidorova

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