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Plushenko to return to competition next season

Russian megastar says he plans to put in 'full season' in 2015-16
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Evgeni Plushenko will be 35 by the time the next Winter Olympics roll around. -Getty Images

We may not have seen the last of Evgeni Plushenko just yet. 

The 2006 Olympic gold medalist told the Russian news agency TASS on Friday that he plans to return to competition next season.

Plushenko said he will commence training soon, with the hopes of putting in a full season in 2015-16 -- including the Grand Prix Series, Russian championships, European championships and world championships. He is quoted as saying he wants to "win the right to play in the final of the Grand Prix in Barcelona," which would indicate that he plans to compete in more than one Grand Prix event. The last time he did that was 2003-04.

He told TASS, "It will be for me a full season. The main goal: to prepare for the Olympic Games in 2018."

Plushenko's last competition was the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where he helped Team Russia to a gold-medal finish by placing second in the short program and first in the free skate. He withdrew from the singles event during the short program because of a back injury, after which he announced his retirement.

In March 2014, he underwent back surgery. He has since returned to skating in shows and most recently took part in the opening ceremony at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai.

In addition to winning the Olympic gold medal in 2006, Plushenko took the silver in 2002 and 2010.