Produced on November 3, 1982, in Solnechny, Russia (then section of the Soviet Union), Evgeni Plushenko became among the very most decorated men’s figure skating champions ever. Plushenko returned from a nearly yearlong prohibition to win another European title in the year 2012 before harms began taking a toll on his performances. Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko was born on November 3, 1982, in Solnechny, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia (then section of the Soviet Union). He started skating at age 4 after his family moved to Volgograd, and at age 7 he won his first contest. It turned out to be a rough period for the young skater, who dwelt alone for extended stretches and fought to fit in with the old boys in his group, but Mishin revealed empathy by renting a space in St. Petersburg for Plushenko’s mom so she could be nearby.
Plushenko won the 1997 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and after that rapidly made his mark on the senior circuit by claiming the bronze medal in the World Championships the next year. Only 15, he was already showing his transcendent gift along with his capability to do a Biellmann spin, when the trailing leg is lifted high on the head and caught with both hands.
Plushenko won the 1998 Skate Canada International to start out an amazing run of dominance that overwhelmed the remaining men’s field. Athletic and fearlessly creative, the Russian wonder proved capable of getting gravity-defying mixtures that had never been performed in contest.
One noticeable disappointment in this run arrived in the 2002 Winter Olympics, when he finished second to countryman and competition Alexei Yagudin. But Plushenko had the spotlight to himself during the 2006 Olympics, when he established scoring records in both short as well as the long programs to run away with all the gold medal. Plushenko declared a pause from contest in 2006 to let his body fully fix from various harms, however he returned to win the 2010 Russian and European Championships.
In August 2010, the International Skating Union (ISU) declared that Plushenko was prohibited from competition for performing in displays without permission. The prohibition was revoked in June 2011, and Plushenko returned to the winners’ podium with triumphs in the 2012 Russian and European Championships. Nevertheless, it became clear that years of wear and tear had taken a toll. Plushenko got back surgery in November 2012, and again after pulling away in the European Championships two months afterwards, but was hopeful of returning in time to meet the requirements for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Plushenko wed Saint Petersburg State University pupil Maria Ermak in June 2005. They had a son, Egor, the subsequent June, but divorced in February 2008. In September 2009, Plushenko wedded music and media producer Yana Rudkovskaya. She had their son, Alexander, in January 2013.