Accessibility links

Breaking News

Russian Figure-Skater Plushenko Resumes Career

Veteran Russian figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko has said he is resuming his career.

Plushenko, who is a double Olympic champion, told TASS news agency on April 17 that he plans to start training in order to be able to return to the skating rink soon.

Plushenko, who is 32, said he plans to take part in 2016 European Championship in Barcelona and in the 2018 Olympic Games.

Plushenko has performed in four Olympic Games throughout his career, winning his first Olympic gold at the 2006 Winter Games in Italy's Turin and the second with Russia's team in February 2014 at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

However, Plushenko withdrew from the individual Olympics competition after his pre-short program warm up on 13 February 2014 and announced later that he would be subsequently retiring from competitive skating due to a back injury.

Based on reporting by TASS

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.