Evgeni Plushenko is a figure skater from Solnechny, Khaborovsk Krai, Russia. He competed in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympics, medaling in all three. He won silver in the 2002 and 2010 Olympics and gold in 2006. In addition to his Olympic career, he has won the World Championship seven times, has been the European champion three times, the Grand Prix Final champion four times, and Russian national champion ten times.
Evgeni began his figure skating journey when he was young, at the age of four. His mother put him in figure skating because Evgeni was a sickly child and she wanted to improve his health. He was sent to St. Petersburg when he was 11 when the skating rink in his hometown closed. Evgeni struggled because he was far away from home and knew his family was taking on extra work to support his dream, but he worked hard and prevailed.
He has consistently performed well in every competition he has participated in, finishing off the podium just one time in his career. Throughout his career, he has performed while seriously injured – and still won! He has overcome injuries to his knees, ankles, back, and groin, some of which required extensive surgery that required him to take long hiatuses.
Evgeni is known for a move called the Bielmann spin, a difficult move, especially for male skaters. He is one of the few men able to perform them. He is also the only one of two male figure skaters in history to earn at least three Olympic medals in singles skating. He first became world champion when he was just eighteen. He has only finished off the podium one time.
Now, Evgeni has permanent residence in St. Petersburg. He is married and has two young sons, Egor and Alexander. He plans to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and dominate the sport once more.
Evgeni at the 2006 Olympics, where he earned a gold medal:
Katanic, Svetlana, Irina Polniakova, and Max Satler, eds. “Evgeni Plushenko – Official Site – Biography.” The Official Site for Evgeni Plushenko. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Nov 2013. <http://evgeni-plushenko.com/eng/about/>.