Evgeni Plushenko won't skate in gala

Updated: February 16, 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- Injured Russian gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko will not skate in the gala show at the end of the Sochi Olympics.

Plushenko helped the host nation win the team event, but then withdrew during warmups for the men's short program with a back injury. He has not recovered sufficiently to appear in the gala on Saturday.

His manager, Ari Zakarian, says "he is not able to skate because of his injury. He is spending time now with his family."

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