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Evgeny Plushenko to have surgery

Updated: January 31, 2013, 6:36 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Russian figure skater Evgeny Plushenko is having back surgery that will keep him out of the world championships in March.

Plushenko's coach, Alexei Mishin, was quoted by the newspaper Sovietsky Sport as saying the 2006 Olympic gold medalist would be operated on Thursday in Israel to replace a deteriorated disk in his spine with a plastic one.

Plushenko won Olympic silver in Vancouver in judging that was questioned because he performed quadruple jumps, while gold winner Evan ...

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