Evgeni Plushenko

Winter Olympics, Part V


Russians have had some fine ideas, you know. Share-the-wealth was one (albeit flawed in execution); those little dolls that fit inside each other are another.

This time, however, they're dead wrong. After Evan Lysacek won the gold medal in figure-skating, the Russian he beat (Evgeni Plushenko) was critical. He did a quadruple jump, he said, and Lysacek didn't, so he should have won. His fellow Russians agreed, along with odd bloggers: If this is an athletic event, they said, it should be judged on jumps, not artistry.