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Evgeny Plushenko Withdraws from World Championships

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Wow - Olympic silver medalist from Vancouver Evgeny Plushenko has withdrawn from the upcoming world championships in Torino, Italy.  Details are minimal at this point, although USA Today reports that Plushenko's doctor has advised him to take a two-week break from skating.  Plushenko deals with chronic injuries so perhaps it is related to that.

This really blows the world championships wide open - who is going to be able to jump in and seize the gold?  It shoudl be exciting.  I wonder if Plushenko is considering another temporary retirement until the 2014 season?