Need a quote? Ask Evgeny. Or his federation.
"You can't be considered a true men's champion without a quad."
"For someone to stand on top of the podium with the gold medal around his neck by just doing triple jumps, to me it's not progress; it's a regress because we've done triples 10 or even 20 years ago."
"Just doing nice transitions and being artistic is not enough because figure skating is a sport, not a show."
"When a person performs a quadruple jump, which is contested by a triple, and (both contenders) gain the same points, it raises questions."
We need to be jump happy. I wonder if he hates the ladies competition?
"Overall my basic position and attitude is that movement needs to go forward and never stop, never go back," the 2006 Olympic champion told the media. "I think people need to do lots of quads."
"If Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump quad … I don't know," Plushenko said after the result. "Now it's not men's skating. Now it's dancing. That's my point."
"With the old system, I would have won," Plushenko told reporters. "The new system is a little different. The quad is not valued anymore.
"I was positive that I won," Plushenko said. "But I saw that Evan needs a medal more than I do. Maybe because I already have one."
Actually you have three now Evgeny. I guess that first silver is an afterthought.
"This is nonsense. It is wrong. It is criminal. How can it be like this? They are killing figure skating and taking it back 20 years. They have robbed him of his destiny
"Any judge who thinks this is the right champion is a Cyclops. Without the quad, there is no difference between the men’s competition and the women’s. Why not let them skate together? Why not have it as a unisex competition in the Olympics?
Any gems I missed?