Plushenko has dominated men's figure skating for most of my adult life, and to see him drop out of the men's figure skating competition due to a chronic back injury was more than disappointing; it made me feel old. Competing in four Olympic games has clearly taken a toll on his body, but he had the maturity to know his pain was nothing he could work through on the ice. He had skated so well in the team event, and I looked forward to a fierce competition for the gold between him and the rising new talents.
— Susi May, fitness director
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