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Evgeni Plushenko cleared to compete

Updated: January 3, 2012, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- 2006 Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko was cleared Tuesday to compete at this month's European figure skating championships.

The International Skating Union said it granted Russia's request for an exemption for Plushenko, who did not have the required qualifying score from an international event during the past two seasons. He returned to competition for the first time since the Vancouver Olympics at last month's Russian championships, which he won.

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