21 October 2013, 14:51

Plushenko trains hard for Sochi Olympic Gold

Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko

Turin Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko insisted Monday he still aims to compete at next year's Winter Games in Sochi and was training hard despite doubts about his fitness.

Plushenko has not competed since January's European championships, when he was forced to withdraw with a back problem as he chased an eighth continental title.

"Every day I go to training, twice a day. I'm trying to compete. Only victory," he told R-Sport. "I'm training and my goal is the Sochi Olympics, exactly that, and to compete. Not to be a spectator, but to compete," he added.

Plushenko has less than four months to get into shape before the Olympics, which run from February 7 to 23, with the men's figure skating set for February 13 and 14.

The 30-year-old Russian is dusting off some of his favorite moves from past programs for the Olympics, his coach Alexei Mishin said last week. His free program for the Olympic season is to be called "The Best of Plushenko," but the skater is not yet fit enough to perform it in competition conditions, Mishin said.

Plushenko's first competitive date of the season is the Cup of Russia Grand Prix, which runs from November 22 to 24.

Qualifying for the Russian Olympic team will be decided at the national championships in December, although Plushenko is thought to have guaranteed the host nation's only spot in the singles category.

Voice of Russia, RIA

 

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