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an Evgeni Plushenko visual companion, and maybe other things
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Now do not rush!

An article Evgeni wrote for the Russian press after he returned from Israel, where he discussed his injury and two operations. 

-“When God stopped me, then I had to stop.” 

-(as I understood it) Last year, the doctors had actually advised him to wait longer, but he would not have made it in time to Sochi that way, so he still decided to start training earlier instead, in June. As a result, it turned out that one of the screws ended up being always just a tiny bit loose—the bone did not grow tightly enough around it. The impact of every jump shook it just a little bit more. 

-If he had continued: “…a bad landing, or even a successful landing, any load, and the screw might offend the spinal nerve. After that, I would not have thought about any competition, nor about medals, would never have thought about figure skating, but would learn to turn the wheels of a wheelchair.” 

-“I walked like a zombie before coming to Israel, not knowing what had happened.” 

-As it turned out in the second operation, some broken bits of bone came out when they removed the screw, but “they shoved them back” 

-He was thankful to the doctor for not showing him how big the screws were beforehand, only after they were removed from him. 

-“I am proud of myself actually. I feel pride and joy somewhere that I had passed through a difficult phase of life and sport. I go out a winner in this story.”

(I don’t know much about medicine, but right now, frankly I am feeling glad that somehow it was the titanium screw that broke in two, and not his vertebra…)



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“So I had to sacrifice my health for the sake of the country, for the Olympic gold medal. I do not regret anything. Therefore, I must confess : I am proud for myself actually. I feel pride and joy that I have passed through a difficult phase of life and sports. I go out a winner in this story .”

Evgeni Plushenko, in an article about his spine surgeries and his road to Sochi

(The whole article is worth reading, BTW, even if via google translate. He gives some more details about his operations)

(Source: ruspioner.ru)



+ We should not remember our heroes only by their glory and victories, and avert our eyes at the moments of their adversity, trying to forget as if ashamed. For these are the moments that reveal them to be human, and reveal us to be human. 
So I don’t wish that people will forget what happened in the men’s individual competition at Sochi, but I will wish that eventually, people will come to remember it as it was. Namely, that Evgeni Plushenko, a mere human being, lost only to God in this particular competition. And that steel and titanium broke, but not his spirit. 

We should not remember our heroes only by their glory and victories, and avert our eyes at the moments of their adversity, trying to forget as if ashamed. For these are the moments that reveal them to be human, and reveal us to be human. 

So I don’t wish that people will forget what happened in the men’s individual competition at Sochi, but I will wish that eventually, people will come to remember it as it was. Namely, that Evgeni Plushenko, a mere human being, lost only to God in this particular competition. And that steel and titanium broke, but not his spirit. 

(Source: fotki.yandex.ru)



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From the NBC video on his withdrawal (screencaps by Vera)

(Source: fotki.yandex.ru)



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(Source: tsugutsugu3)



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(Source: tsugutsugu3)



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Russian Channel 1 news report about Plushenko’s operation. There are a few moments that may be a little rough if you are squeamish.

From the Channel 1 link:

-the original plan was to replace the broken screw, but during the operation, it became clear that the bones had grown together well, and are holding the disc in place by themselves, so they changed the plan and removed all four screws instead. It was hard to remove them, in fact, and they had to grind away especially at two of the screws

-the screws are made from a titanium alloy used in aircrafts and spacecrafts. Evgeni says that they told him there had been 3 cases of them breaking, out of 50,000 

-there is still pain, but he’s been getting constant injections, so he says he’s feeling okay

-Dr. Pekarsky says that after six months, there should hopefully be no more restrictions on what Evgeni is allowed to do

-“For the sake of medals, you need to sacrifice something. I sacrificed my health. Well, some will say I’m a fool , some will say ‘hero’ , some will say something else . But I am what I am, I’m an athlete , I love sports , I love risk.”

-the doctors said it’s really fortunate that the screw did not injure his spinal cord when it broke

(Source: 1tv.ru)



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“Now the chance of my performance in Sochi looks like 50:50.”

Evgeni Plushenko, March 19, 2013

This was from last year, one of his first full interviews after his disc replacement operation at the end of January.

He lied here. He lied by a factor of 500.

Actually, as Yana finally told, at the time, based on what the doctors told them, they estimated his chances of successfully returning to skating and making it to Sochi to be one in a thousand.

Mishin kept on saying, what Evgeni was doing was “expanding the limits of human possibilities”. I think I finally understand a little what he meant.



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here we go again

Just to say, the media is suddenly full of reports that Evgeni Plushenko will be “broadcasting live” his upcoming operation. This is not true. 

Yana has clarified that they will try to record the operation. They might show it afterwards, in case there are those who continue to claim that he was “faking it”. They are not saying they are going to broadcast it live. 

(A bit of context: last year, when Evgeni first had his disc replacement operation, certain people in the Russian media, most notably Andrei Zhurankov, skaing commentator on Russian Eurosport, claimed that he was somehow faking it. Even after they showed Evgeni’s X-rays, and Russian Channel 1 news went to the Israeli hospital, their accusations only became more and more elaborate. Yes, Evgeni was quite upset about it at that time.) 

I know that the media will always jump on the first “drama”, and ignore the clarifications. That is the way they are. But I thought I would try to say a little bit about what is actually happening. 



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kajacana:

So apparently that “pop” Plushenko felt in his back last week was a pin cracking.

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(source x)

His doctor has said it’s good that he stopped when he did because he was dangerously close to permanent paralysis.  If the pieces of the pin had moved into his spinal cord, boom.  No more walking.

Holy.  Shit.

Meanwhile, the surgery he has scheduled for next month has a projected six-month recovery time, and skating is completely off the table for the foreseeable future.

Please, stop and spend a second to imagine what this means. This is a steel screw. It broke into two pieces. In his spine.

But I suppose that some of his haters will now try to come up with an explanation for how he planned this all along.



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