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Faultless Plushenko Sets Russia Hurtling Toward Team Gold

Published: February 10, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • Skating to the Best of Plushenko, an unflinching Plushenko nailed jump after jump.
    Photo: Maxim Bogodvid / RIA Novosti

Russias ageless figure skating hero Evgeny Plushenko won the mens free skate in the Sochi Olympic team event on Sunday to send the home country hurtling toward a first gold medal.

The victory in front of a partisan Iceberg Skating Arena crowd on the Black Sea coast gave Russia a maximum ten points, which extends the nations cushion over Canada at the top of the standings to a seven points with two events remaining.

Plushenko, 31, picked up where he left off on Thursday, when the Turin Olympic champion rolled back the years to finish second in the short program to Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu.

Related: Plushenko Proves Ready for Individuals at Sochi

Skating to the Best of Plushenko, a medley of accompaniments past, an unflinching Plushenko nailed jump after jump that began with a confident quadruple toeloop as strains of "The Godfather" rang out. The judges' score was 168.20.

Patrick Chans replacement for Canada, Kevin Reynolds, fell on a triple axel early in his nonetheless impressive program and earned 167.92 for second place. Third place on the night went to Japan's Tatsuki Machina with 165.85.

The result leaves the gold medal tangibly within Russias grasp, with 15-year-old prodigy Julia Liptnitskaia set to go in the womens free program later before European silver medalists Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov look to lock down first place in the ice dance.





 


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Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


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Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


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