Evgeny Plushenko blames refereeing for his silver medal
Russian figure skater Evgeny Plushenko, the silver medal winner at the Vancouver Olympics, says that he blames the refereeing for his failure to emerge victorious. He has told the ITAR-TASS correspondent that today figure-skating referees do not think highly of quadruple jumps. But unless these are performed, the silver medal holder said, men’s figure skating could with good reason be renamed men’s ice dancing. Another skater seems to have needed the gold medal more, Plushenko said. The Olympic champion Evan Lysacek did not make the quadruple jump part of his programme. Plushenko’s coach Alexei Mishin said that performing a quadruple jump is quite an event in figure skating, bringing the sport to a higher standard. Evgeny Plushenko won the fourth medal for the Russian Olympic team in Vancouver. Yesterday Russian skiers Nikita Kriukov and Alexander Panzhinsky placed first and second in cross-country sprint. Speed skater Ivan Skobrev won the bronze medal.