Plushenko deserved better finale

Updated: February 13, 2014, 6:32 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- It wasn't the way you wanted to see a great champion go out.

After four Olympics, two gold medals, two silver medals, three world championships and 10 Russian championships, 31-year-old Evgeni Plushenko held his back and grimaced in pain as he skated off competitive ice for the final time Thursday.

Or maybe it wasn't the final time. Plushenko is such a great skater that longtime coach Alexei Mishin made an ill-advised joke about Plushenko ...

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