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Plushenko Wins Sore Loser Medal

By Mark Purdy
Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 11:22 pm in Uncategorized.

There are bound to be other candidates, but right now, I would have to say that Evgeni Plushenko, the Russian figure skater, wins the honor of sorest loser of the Vancouver Games.

After finishing second Thursday night to Evan Lysacek in the men’s competition, Plushenko did not exactly wear his silver medal well.
First, he kept the press waiting more than an hour after the competition, blowing the deadlines of even West Coast writers. (I couldn’t get his quotes into my column.)
Then, when he did show up, he basically dissed gold medalist Lysacek and his achievement, as well as the judges who scored the competition.

Plushenko, the defending Olympic champ, had led the competition entering Thursday’s free skate. But he left one scheduled jump out of his routine and wobbled one a couple of his landings. This, plus Lysacek’s dazzling array of spins, cost Plushenko the gold and gave Lycacek his first Olympic podium finish — and the first American gold medal since Brian Boitano’s in 1988.

Let’s just say that Plushenko was not gracious when he was asked his feelings about the whole thing.

“I was positive I won,” he said through an interpreter. “I suppose Evan needs a medal more than I do. Maybe it’s because I already have one.”

And then he held his breath and turned blue.

No, just kidding. But for one night, I was proud that my country was represented by a far classier guy. Lysacek said that Plushenko had “inspired him” as a competitor and congratulated him on his performance.

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  • Brian

    I to am glad my country was represented by a far classier guy. I did not like Plushenko’s nasty look into the crowd after his performance and then his motion as though he was putting an imaginary sword back into an imaginary scabbard. maybe it was playful but the way he looked at the crowd it didn’t seem to be so playful. I watched the medal ceremony and i didn’t see Plushenko acknowledge Lycacek once he was constantly rolling his eyes and taking deep breaths red faced and it appeared as though his head was going to explode.

  • Frances Campbell

    Evan Lysacek was gracious on and off the ice, something the spoiled brat Plushenko could learn from.
    Plushenko’s awful behavior cannot blemish Evan’s exquisite performance, Evan is obviously the winner.
    Ice skating is more than jumps and Plushenko’s jumps were not up to par last night anyway, it is also grace on ice and difficulty of moves and spins across the ice. The better skater won by his performance on the ice and then later, off the ice. CONGRATULATIONS EVAN!! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!!

  • debbie

    Pleshenko is an embarrassement to his country and an insult to the Olympic committee and olympic fans throughout the world. We celebrate all Olympic athletes with or without medals. We distain poor sportsmanship. He should be banned for life from future olympics!!

  • alina

    I saw nothing classy about Lysacek and he skated a boring, easy and risk-free program. He couldn’t even do his spins and footwork at decent speed. It did look like ice dancing to me, especially with his lamp tan and feathers and snakes around his neck. Btw, if we talk about sore losers, it’s almost always Americans and Canadians who end up whining and midering. Somehow when that Canadian pair in Salt Lake City complained about their marks, they were presented as heroes. And to think that skaters at the end of the gruelling day should care about some journalist’s West Coast deadlines is totally ludicrous.

  • bbb

    Only people who know nothing about figure skating think Lysec deserves the gold.

    In the short program (which is included in the final score), Plushenko did quadruples, Lysec did triple triple. And yes, they got almost the same score.

    In the long program, Plushenko landed his quad again even though he was the last one to skate and the ice was extremely rough.

    If quad was so easy, why won’t Lysec even try once in his programs?

    Plushenko got robbed twice.

    What do you expect from him? Smile and say thank you?