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Plushenko makes comeback official

Olympian plans two quad toe loops in free program

Evgeni Plushenko hopes to debut his programs at the Grand Prix in Moscow in November.
Evgeni Plushenko hopes to debut his programs at the Grand Prix in Moscow in November. (Getty Images)

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By Tatiana Flade, special to icenetwork.com
(05/20/2009) - Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko has officially announced his comeback for the upcoming season.

"I've missed competing badly," the 26-year-old Russian skating star told the daily newspaper Kommersant in an interview that was published on Thursday in Moscow.

"As for an Olympic medal, I'd be pleased with any, regardless of the color. But, obviously, I'm coming back to win."

While Plushenko said that he will begin his serious preparation starting this Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, he explained that he has been getting his triple Axel back over the past three months and landed six in his show in Germany in April.

"I also did a quad toe as an encore in Germany," he added.

For his competitive long program, the three-time world champion plans two quad toe loops.

Plushenko has prepared a short and a long program, both to music arranged by a good friend of his, the Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton. He picked a Tango for the free skate and the theme from the movie The Pianist for the short. Marton was also responsible for the skater's music when he took the gold in Turin in 2006.

The Russian wants to debut his programs in competition at the end of September and will ask the Figure Skating Federation of Russia to invite him to the Rostelecom Cup (formerly the Cup of Russia) in Moscow this October.

Plushenko is the second prominent skater in two weeks, after Sasha Cohen, to announce a competitive comeback. He also expects Switzerland's Olympic silver medalist Stéphane Lambiel will return to competition.