Evgeni Plushenko to come back to figure skating · 2009-02-27 13:10

image Evgeni Plushenko, 2006 Olympic champion of Russia, has announced he is making a comeback to figure skating, with intent to compete at the Vancouver Olympics a year from now.

Plushenko, a three-time world champion, hasn’t competed since he won the gold medal in Turin and has been busy with other ventures.

At the Turin Olympics, Plushenko chalked up the most impressive scores in the history of the sport, and one of them still stands as a record: his 90.66 points for a short program, Globe and Mail reports.

Plushenko took a break from competitive skating following the 2006 Olympic season. He has said the off season has helped him rest and recover from past knee injuries he has battled.

After seeing the poor results of Russian skaters in the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships (which was the worst since 1960), Plushenko was worried about Russia losing its status as a dominant force in figure skating, and was also concerned that Russia might even lose spots for its skaters in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He announced in April 2007 that he has decided to return to competitive skating for the 2007-2008 season, to keep Russia at a competitive level with other countries until the next generation of Russian skaters can take over.

But he didn’t come back.

For the past couple of years, he’s had no Grand Prix assignments.

image First, Evgeni Plushenko would have to win his way back onto the Russian team by competing at his national championships next December.

French sports magazine L’Equipe reports that Russian media say he’s decided to defend his Olympic title.

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