Plushenko retires after withdrawing from Sochi Olympics

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Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko reacts during a warm-up of the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko announces to the judges his withdrawal from the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Russias Evgeny Plushenko withdraws from the men's short program figure skating at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko leaves the ice after withdrawing from the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russias Evgeny Plushenko withdraws from the men's short program figure skating at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Russias Evgeny Plushenko withdraws from the men's short program figure skating at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko leaves the ice after withdrawing of the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko gestures during a warm-up of the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko waves to the crowd during a warm-up of the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko takes part in a warm-up during the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yvegeny Plushenko withdrew from the Sochi Olympics injured before competing in the men's figure skating short program today. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- From wild cheers to stunned silence, the Sochi Olympics said goodbye Thursday to one of figure skating's all-time greats.

Evgeni Plushenko, the first figure skater in the modern era to win medals in four Olympics, retired from competitive figure skating shortly after withdrawing from the men's competition for medical reasons. The Russian said he injured himself during practice on Wednesday, then fell on a triple axel during warmups Thursday.

When Plushenko limped out of the arena, the cheering stopped, eventually turning into mild applause.

Plushenko Withdraws From Olympic Figure Skating

Plushenko's announcement came hours after an Olympic worker was injured when he was hit by a bobsled near the finish line at the Sanki Sliding Center. He was taken by helicopter to a local hospital.

Six medals were awarded on Day 7 of the Olympics: in slopestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, speedskating, short track speedskating and luge.

In the first final of the day, the U.S. freestyle skiers swept the podium in slopestyle, with Joss Christensen leading the way in his Olympic debut. Germany completed a sweep of the four luge events by winning the team relay; Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, skiing with a fractured foot, won gold in the women's cross-country 10-kilometer classical race; and Li Jianrou of China won gold in 500-meter short track speedskating after all three of her opponents in the final fell.


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