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Yevgeny Plushenko lands quadruple jumps in practice

Yevgeny Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko, of Russia, reacts after skating his short program at the ISU European figure skating championship in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)


Three-time Olympic figure skating medalist Yevgeny Plushenko landed three quadruple jumps in an open practice before Russia’s National Championships on Monday, according to R-Sport.

Plushenko, 31, is expected to be given Russia’s single men’s figure skating Olympic spot. There is a chance that Maksim Kovtun, 18, could take the spot if he’s very impressive and Plushenko is out of form at nationals and/or the European Championships in January.

Russia’s National Championships run from Tuesday through Thursday.

Plushenko is coming off a left knee injury that forced him to withdraw from a Grand Prix event in Moscow in November. Before that, he won a minor event in Riga, Latvia.

That was his first competition since withdrawing after the short program of the last season’s European Championships in January with a back injury.

In Sochi, Plushenko would try to become the second skater to win four Olympic singles figure skating medals, joining Swede Gillis Grafstrom, who won gold in 1920, 1924 and 1928 and silver in 1932.

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