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It's been widely reported that Evgeni Plushenko's silver medal in Vancouver apparently isn’t what he wished for.

On Plushenko’s personal website his recent accomplishment in ice skating was listed through February 23 as "Platinum of Vancouver."

But Plushenko’s agent Ari Zakarian is now denying that the ice skater had anything to do with it. Zakarian says that "no one had authority to do this stupid thing,” and Plushenko himself was unaware of it.

The 2006 Winter Olympics gold medalist from Russia continues to deny though that the true winner of men’s figure skating in 2010 is American Evan Lysacek.

The 27-year-old Plushenko is dicing the 24-year-old Lysacek for not performing a quad jump, which Plushenko says is expected of gold-medal winners.

The Russians aren't happy about it. Even Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has stepped into the fray saying in his congratulatory message to Plushenko that he should have been awarded gold.

-- Nikola Krastev

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