Although he won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, he is, at 31, now in the twilight of his career, and his wife has warned that another bad fall could paralyze him. On Sunday, after his performance in the team figure skating event, Russia finally won its first gold medal.
It was the highlight of an Olympic showing that has so far given the host country little to celebrate.
She now lives abroad after her husband was ignominiously sacked in 2010.
After much debate behind the scenes and in the press, Plushenko was allowed to perform a special “control run” for a committee of Russian officials and figure skating experts.The performance was held behind closed doors only two-and-a-half weeks before the Olympics commenced, and it has never been shown to the public.But whatever Plushenko did on the ice that day, it secured him a ticket to Sochi. His four-minute solo performance on Sunday helped push the national figure skating team to the top of the podium, even though, according to his trainer, Plushenko was holding out. “There are no healthy athletes in the major leagues,” Mishin said. Thanks to the couple's many media appearances, he was voted the "most expected baby" by a gossip website, Rudkovskaya's relationship with Plushenko comes after a troubled marriage to another high-profile figure.
“He didn’t go out there to show his full power,” Mishin said Monday. “Everybody hurts.” Though her tone is a bit less cavalier, Plushenko’s wife and manager agrees that it would have been wrong to pull out of the Olympics because of her husband’s health.