Evgeni Plushenko gets early start in men’s figure skating


Evgeni Plushenko of Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

Evgeni Plushenko will no doubt be pouting about Tuesday’s draw for the men’s short program. Plushenko, who won the long program in the competition this past weekend, will go seventh.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, who won the men’s short program during the team event with an impressive performance, drew the 19th spot. He’ll be followed by Spain’s Javier Fernandez  and Patrick Chan of Canada. All three are medal favorites.

Skaters who go earlier in the program fear judges will score them lower to leave room for higher scores for succeeding competitors. The men’s short program is Thursday.

Plushenko’s performance helped Russia win the team gold, the host country’s first gold of the Games. There was some talk that the 31-year-old would cede Russia’s lone spot in the men’s competition to someone else, but that would be very unlike Plushenko, who especially wants to perform in his home country.

American Jeremy Abbott, whose poor performance in the team event short program put the United States in a hole after the first event, will go 11th. Teammate Jason Brown, 19, who replaced Abbott for the team event long program despite his relative inexperience, drew the 16th spot.

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