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Plushenko turns to Shakespeare for free skate

'Zhenya' working with Kenji Miyamoto on 'Romeo and Juliet' program in Italy

Will skating to another Nino Rota film score bring Evgeni Plushenko the same amount of success as it did the last time he did it?
Will skating to another Nino Rota film score bring Evgeni Plushenko the same amount of success as it did the last time he did it? (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(06/22/2012) - Evgeni Plushenko is turning to a familiar composer for next season's free skate, choosing to skate to Nino Rota's oft-used score from the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet, the Russian news agency R-Sport reported Friday.

The coach of the three-time world champion, Alexei Mishin, said his skater is in Pinzolo, Italy, collaborating with Japanese choreographer Kenji Miyamoto on his new free skate. Miyamoto is a former ice dancer who has previously worked with mostly Japanese skaters, including world champions Daisuke Takahashi and Miki Ando.

"It's working out very well," Mishin told R-Sport. "I'm very satisfied with Zhenya's mood and working condition." ("Zhenya" is an affectionate form of "Evgeni" in Russian.)

The 29-year-old Plushenko previously used Rota's score from The Godfather for his free skate in 2004-05 and 2005-06, the season in which he won the Olympic gold medal in Torino, Italy.

Mishin also said the knee surgery Plushenko underwent in February was a total success.

"He's completely healthy," Mishin said. "Nothing's troubling him."

After placing second at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games to Evan Lysacek, Plushenko took the following season off. He returned in 2011-12, winning his ninth national title and his seventh European championship.

In April, Pasquale Camerlengo spent four days with Plushenko and Mishin at their training base in St. Petersburg to put together a short program and fine-tune other aspects of his skating.