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Evgeni Plushenko bows out of the Olympics: Watch his best routines -- UPDATE

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UPDATE (Feb. 13, 2014): Evgeni Plushenko had to withdraw from the Winter Olympics for medical reasons on Thursday, and he’s also announced his retirement from figure skating. See for yourself why the Russian skater, who helped his country win gold in the inaugural team figure skating event in Sochi, was such a dynamic performer in the clips below.

ORIGINAL POST: Consider this a PopWatch PSA: If you’re a fan of Russia’s four-time Olympian Evgeni Plushenko (or his penchant for creating great TV), you want to watch his short program in the team figure skating competition – which began today in Sochi – in prime time. (Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. UPDATE: Watch it here.)

His home crowd adored him, he blew them a kiss during his saucy routine (to “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge), and he was as cocky and cheeky as a man who once skated a striptease to “Sex Bomb” should be. So, let’s first watch that “Sex Bomb” number – we’re only human – and then relive his Olympic performances in Salt Lake City, Torino, and Vancouver.

“Sex Bomb” (stay for the end)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogpwrc6oCKM

Silver medalist, Salt Lake City Games, 2002:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjcNQRw3yEQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3auc9cPwD-c

Gold medalist, Torino Games, 2006:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpdA6bT9HOM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajp5xglwb0k

Silver medalist, Vancouver Games, 2010:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW4mGDkkTFY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtY1CuAbLgs

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