Russian Figure Skating Legend Plushenko Withdraws

Russian figure skating dominated the news coverage today. Top performer Evgeni Plushenko had just won a skating gold in the team long program on Sunday, but today he withdrew from the men’s single skate. He was suffering from an old back injury, aggravated by training on Wednesday. He has had twelve surgeries and screws are even now in his back, he told reporters. Just hours later he announced that he would be retiring from the sport completely. Plushenko has won four medals (two gold and two silver) in the games since 2002 and has earned a lasting reputation in the sport. Click here for the full story from the International New York Times.

Also in Russian figure skating news, pairs team Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov won the silver medals in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Read the day’s highlights here.

What are fans collecting in Sochi as souvenirs of the games? Photos with 6’9″ Slovakian defenceman Zdeno Chara. His fan photos are at the top of this post! Read more about the craze here.

Click here for press clippings from Day 7 of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.