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Yevgeny Plushenko asked to develop Russia physical education program

Yevgeny Plushenko

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Gold Medalist Evgeny Plyushchenko of Russia skates with teammates after the flower ceremony for the Team Figure Skating Overall during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace onon February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Russia turned to one of its most celebrated athletes to come up with a school gym class curriculum.

Four-time Olympic figure skating medalist Yevgeny Plushenko was asked to develop a physical education program, according to Russian reports.

“It is important that school children are enthralled by great coaches and athletes they all know, and that they take up new and interesting sports,” Russian education minister Dmitry Livanov said, according to the Moscow Times citing Russian agency TASS.

Plushenko, 31, will not skate this season but has not ruled out a run for a fifth Olympics in 2018.

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