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Speaking out: Let it go! Evgeni Plushenko displays his Olympic 'platinum' medal [updated]

February 23, 2010 |  8:43 am

Evgeni Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko shouldn't feel too bad about losing to Evan Lysacek -- after all, he supposedly won the first platinum medal ever awarded at the Olympic Games.

Well, that's according to Plushenko's website, which displays a mocked-up platinum medal next to the gold he won in Torino in 2006. Maybe it's a translation error, but something tells me Plushenko is still a bit upset over not winning gold last week.

I have to give props to Plushenko's webmaster for some fine creative bitterness, but Plushenko really needs to let this go.

The world knows Plushenko is upset, but there's no reason for him to act like a real-life Chazz Michael Michaels. Controversial results are a part of figure skating, and he needs to stop tarnishing his reputation by acting like a spoiled sport.

[UPDATED, Wednesday, 5:53 a.m.: Pluschenko's website has pulled down the "platinum medal."]

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Screenshot taken from Plushenko's website.