SIGN UP FOR THE BREITBART EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Half-Empty Stadium for Russian Figure Skating Star

Half-Empty Stadium for Russian Figure Skating Star

Russian figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko is one of the country’s biggest stars and was also expected to be one of the biggest draws of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

That hasn’t been the case so far as he failed to fill a 12,000-capacity stadium on Thursday that was “more than half-empty when Plushenko first took to the ice for his warm-up before the start of the team event, which is making its Olympic debut.”

According to Reuters, even Russian officials noted that “thousands of seats around the arena remained empty for one of the Winter Olympics’ blue-riband events.”

Plushenko, though, was undeterred, saying the support for him “was incredible.”

“Sometimes it helps when people clap but today I felt kind of dizzy, (the noise came) from there, from there, from there, from everywhere,” he said. “But it’s my fourth Olympic Games, so it was fun. It’s something new for me.”

photo: @NickMcCarvel

P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES
LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?
SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.


Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.

SIGN UP FOR THE OFFICIAL
BREITBART EMAIL NEWSLETTER

GET TODAY'S TOP NEWS DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX

I don't want to get today's top news.

x