I’ve “hated” Evgeni Plushenko for years…not really, but in that sense of “hate” in which, if you were a Bills fan during the 1980s and 1990s, you “hated” Dan Marino, or in the way I “hate” Tom Brady now. You “hate” the guy who wins a ton while committing the crime of not being your guy.
But damn, Evgeni Plushenko has been a hell of a skater and competitor for a long time, and it’s a shame that he didn’t get to go out on the ice, but because he was — as many athletes become — just too damned banged up to keep going. And imagine being a football player and realizing you simply cannot go out on the field, minutes before kickoff in the Super Bowl. That’s what happened to Plushenko: he was warming up for his Olympic short program, but realized…it wasn’t happening.
Yeah, I “hated” Evgeni Plushenko. But damn, what a career he had! Good luck to him in the future!