After three and a half years off the ice, gold-medal winning Russian figure skater and parfum hawker Yevgeny Plushenko has returned, dragging behind him all the prima donna habits he’s acquired in the years of socialite-bouncing twixt then and now.
He skated, he skated perfectly, he said, and yet, he only won silver.
So a very pissed Plushenko took it to the press.
“I was positive that I won,” Plushenko said. “But I saw that [gold winner] Evan [Lysacek] needs a medal more than I do. Maybe because I already have one.” Or maybe, Plushenko alleged, because it was all a conspiracy — not this one, though — involving American ticket sales to figure skating events, for which Lysacek had to win over Plushenko. This, Plushenko told the Russian press, was “clear and obvious.”
Another person who seemed to think so is Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, long a proponent of putting on the diplomatic rhetorical ritz in public, sent a message to Plushenko today.
“Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your superb performance at the XXI Winter Olympic Games,” the message said. “Your silver is worth gold.”
via RIA Novosti