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Plushenko Reinstated as an Amateur

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The International Skating Union has decided to reinstate three-time Olympic medalist Evgeny Plushenko's amateur status.  He had it revoked last year when he was in skating shows around the time an injury kept him out of the world championships, and he did not get permission of his federation to be in the shows.  He also did not appeal the ISU's decision within the necessary 21 days of the issue, but thankfully rules don't often truly apply in the world and some lobbying from the Russian federation, (which is, after all, located in the host country of the next Winter Olympics) got Plushenko back. 

Personally, I don't care too much.  I have no interest in watching Plushenko skate although I do appreciate some of the competitive excitement he can bring to a competition.  I think Plushenko will not  compete until the 2013-2014 season, and by then he will mainly be just be a publicity stunt for the Russians.  If he could not beat Evan Lysacek, there is now way he is beating a Patrick Chan four years later, who does numerous quads.  Or whoever else might be around by then.