Plushenko out of Olympic individual event

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MOSCOW: Russian figure skating great Yevgeny Plushenko said on Wednesday that nagging injuries will keep him from contesting the individual competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on home soil in Sochi. The shock decision deprives Russians of the chance to cheer on one of the country’s biggest sports stars and cuts short a long-shot comeback from back injury for the flamboyant 31-year-old. But it also leaves the door wide open for Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan of Canada to take the top prize at one of the Winter Games’ most high-profile events.

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