Figure Skating

The Associated Press - Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 08:26 ET

Evgeny Plushenko practises, Sochi Olympic participation still possible

Russian federation to decide on its skater list Thursday

Evgeni Plushenko has been hampered by injuries in recent years. (Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press)

Evgeny Plushenko says the skating test that could determine if he competes at the Sochi Olympics was a success. 

Plushenko, whose three Olympic medals include the 2006 gold, is eager for a career-capping performance in his home country. But he had back surgery in the spring and since then competed only at a second-tier international event and the Russian nationals, where he finished behind Maxim Kovtun. 

However, Kovtun's relative inexperience and fifth-place finish at the European Championships make many think Plushenko would be preferable for Russia's sole slot in Sochi. 

Plushenko in December talked about competing only in the new team competition in Sochi, but barring injury, the rules don't allow for a competitor for the team to compete in team and not their individual competition.

Plushenko looked to make his case in a closed-door test skate on Tuesday. He told the R-Sport agency that it was "really great," including two quads and two triple axels. 

The Russian skating federation is to announce its decision Thursday.

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