The Olympic No-Show That Shook Russia

The soap-opera story of figure skater Evgeni Plushenko's withdrawal from competition at the Sochi Olympics says as much about the way sports are run in Vladimir Putin's Russia as about the showbiz nature of modern figure skating.
Exit figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, no longer Russia's darling. Photographer: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images

Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko's withdrawal from competition at the Sochi Olympics is a story, worthy of a soap opera, which says as much about the way sports are run in Vladimir Putin's Russia as the showbiz nature of modern figure skating.

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