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Going into the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Plushenko was the overwhelming favorite because of his past success under the new judging system.
Following his skate, Plushenko said "Without a quad it's not men's figure skating. I believe that the quad is the future of figure skating.
But what it did instead was to drop those judges who awarded me first place.
Under the current system, if this is the way judges' marks are awarded, you can win, and you can just as equally lose. I don't want to criticize the new rules, they are not bad.
He was named to the Russian team for the 2012 European Championships, although he had not competed internationally recently enough to have the minimum technical elements scores (20 in the short program, 35 in the free).
The Russian figure skating federation asked the ISU to allow him to compete, with Aleksandr Gorshkov saying that the minimum scores were designed to filter out weak skaters.