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Their son, Egor Evgenievich (originally Kristian), was born on 15 June 2006.
Plushenko made quick progress on the international scene.
He does a quad and I have to do a quad as well." In December 2011, Plushenko competed at the 2012 Russian Championships.
He won the short program with a score of 88.24 and then won the free skating with a score of 171.43, to win his ninth national title.
He has said the off-season helped him rest and recover from past knee injuries he has battled.
After seeing the poor results of Russian skaters at the 2007 World Championships (the worst since 1960), Plushenko was worried about Russia losing its status as a dominant force in figure skating, and was also concerned that Russia might even lose confidence for its skaters for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
He announced in April 2007 that he decided to return to competitive skating for the 2007–08 season to keep Russia at a competitive level with other countries until the next generation of Russian skaters could take over but a return to the ice did not materialize.
"After the short program, I should have had at least a 5 point lead over my competitors.
Plushenko's four Olympic medals once tied with Sweden's Gillis Grafström's record for most Olympic medals in figure skating, which has since been surpassed by Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. 91 in Petrogradsky District, he began studying at the Lesgaft University in 2000, graduating in 2005, and at the Faculty of tourism and hospitality of the Saint Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics in 2004.
His surname is most commonly romanized as Plushenko but other variations exist. On 18 June 2005, Plushenko married Maria Ermak, a sociology student at the Saint Petersburg State University, in a ceremony at the Hotel Astoria in Saint Petersburg.
In March 2009, Plushenko announced that he had returned to training with longtime coach Alexei Mishin in order to prepare for the 2010 Olympics.
In December 2009, Plushenko signed a partnership agreement with the international management agency Flash Light led by the sports agent Andreas Goller.