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Decorated Russian figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics and earned silver at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Games.
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Plushenko underwent back surgery in November 2012, and again after withdrawing from the European Championships two months later, but was hopeful of returning in time to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Plushenko married Saint Petersburg State University student Maria Ermak in June 2005. They had a son, Egor, the following June, but divorced in February 2008.
After announcing his hiatus from competition in 2006, Plushenko toured Europe as the featured performer in ice shows and tried his hand as a television host. He also became involved in politics, earning election to the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly in 2007 as a member of the A Just Russia political party.
In September 2009, Plushenko married music and media producer Yana Rudkovskaya. She gave birth to their son, Alexander, in January 2013.
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