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The quad at heart of skating 'catfight'

Updated: February 18, 2010, 6:18 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- In the old days, an Olympic showdown like this between an American and a Russian would have gotten our military to at least DEFCON 3 and Al Michaels to probably DEFCON 1.

Wearing the dark sequins, you have the imposing Russian, Evgeni Plushenko, winner of the silver medal in the 2002 Olympics, the gold medal in 2006 and the men's figure skating short program Tuesday night. He is attempting to become the first man to win consecutive golds in this event ...

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