Evgeni Plushenko, prominent Russian figure skater
Evgeni Plushenko is the brightest figure skater, the champion of Russia, Europe and the world, who has collected a huge number of awards. You know, he is Honored Master of Sports of Russia, two-time Olympic champion and winner of two silver Olympic medals. By the way, he is three-time world champion, seven-time European champion and ten-time Russian Champion. Actually, he shares the record for the number of Olympic awards in figure skating with Jillis Grafström.
The boy was born on November 3, 1982 in Solnechny, Khabarovsk region. In the small taiga town his parents participated in the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. Evgeni started skating at the age of four when his mother sent him to figure skating classes to strengthen his poor health. Later the family moved to Volgograd. When his skating rink was closed Evgeni moved to St. Petersburg to continue training. 11-years-old boy had to face difficulties during his first years far from home, living alone in a communal flat. The boy trained with Alexei Yagudin.
At the age of 14 Evgeni won the 1997 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, in Seoul, South Korea.
At the 1998 World Championships Plushenko took only the third place and his close friend Yagudin managed to win a gold medal.
Already in the next season he won gold medals in many prestigious competitions, including European and Russian championships.
At the age of only 18 he became World Champion at 2001 World Championships in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2002, Evgeni took part in the Olympics in Salt Lake City, but because of injuries he took only the second place and won his first Olympic Silver.
Later, Evgeni fulfilled his childhood dream and became an Olympic champion at 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
By the way, in 2008, Plushenko, together with violinist Edvin Marton, accompanied the famous singer Dima Bilan on stage as part of the winning Eurovision Song Contest performance Believe in Belgrade, Serbia. He skated around the singer on a small ice-like surface.
At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, Evgeni won the Short program, skating to the music of Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo.
In 2012 Plushenko had a complicated operation in Israel – his intervertebral disk was replaced by artificial one. However, Eugene is a unique athlete, he was able to overcome all health problems and started training.
On February 9, 2014 he became the Olympic champion in the team competition in Sochi. And on February 13, Evgeni was to participate in solo skating. However, due to a back injury, he withdrew from the competition just a minute before the start. As it turned out later, one of the screws, that fixed artificial intervertebral disc in his spine, was broken. If he continued to participate in the Olympics, overcoming the pain, as he had done before, he could forever remain an invalid.
On March 31, 2017, he announced the completion of his sports career. The Olympic champion in figure skating decided to devote himself to coaching, refusing to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. To tell the truth, he had 15 complex operations, the last of which was in 2016.
In 2016 Plushenko presented wonderful ice show The Nutcracker, which became one of the most spectacular analogues in the world.
On June 18, 2005 Evgeni married Maria Ermak. Their son Egor was born on June 15, 2006. They divorced on February 2008.
On September 12, 2009 he married Yana Rudkovskaya, producer and director of Music Management Company, owner of beauty salons and fashion boutiques. Their son Alexander was born on January 6, 2013. It is interesting that Dima Bilan became the godfather of the baby.
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