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Yevgeny Plushenko to reportedly skip 2016-17 season

Yevgeny Plushenko

2/13: Yevgeny Plushenko waves to fans after withdrawing from the Sochi Olympic men’s figure skating event due to a back injury.

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Four-time Olympic figure skating medalist Yevgeny Plushenko‘s potential return has been pushed back again, according to Russian news agency TASS.

“We’ll skip the season, keep an eye on the trends and make a decision concerning the next season,” Plushenko said, according to the report. “Right now my condition is good but I need to make a decision for the next big season.

“I see no sense in performing at the European and World Championships, I have already taken part in many such competitions. We are considering the Olympic Games, this is our main goal. But [coach Alexei] Mishin, the Federation of Figure Skating and I will make the decision later. We always decide together.”

Plushenko, 33, last competed at the Sochi Olympics, taking team event gold and withdrawing from singles after his short program warm-up due to a back injury.

Plushenko was re-added to the Russian national team the last two seasons but never competed, though he has done many ice shows. Back and neck injuries have plagued him.

Plushenko’s name was not on Grand Prix Series assignments announced in June, all but ensuring he wouldn’t make a competitive comeback until the winter, if at all this season.

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