Evgeni Plushenko Was 'Robbed Of His Destiny' By 'Criminal' Judges, Says Coach

There was some outcry that Johnny Weir, who finished sixth overall in the Winter Olympics men’s figure skating competition, was robbed by the judges Thursday night. But nothing said or written about Weir’s scores, or lack thereof, compares to what Evgeni Plushenko’s coach told Yahoo! Sports following the competition.

Plushenko, the defending gold medalist, ended up finishing runner-up to American Evan Lysacek. The (albeit American) NBC announcers thought this was the proper outcome. Plushenko’s coach, Alexei Mishin, saw things differently:

“This is nonsense,” Mishin told Yahoo! Sports. “It is wrong. It is criminal. How can it be like this? They are killing figure skating and taking it back 20 years. They have robbed him of his destiny.

“There is nothing we can do but we want to know what happened because this is not right. We will investigate. Someone needs to explain to me how this is possible. I cannot believe it.”

Actually, no one needs to explain anything. But good luck with the investigation. It certainly will not prove to be a complete waste of time.

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