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Winter Olympics Day 7: Stunning retirement in figure skating (w/video)

  • Evgeni Plushenko of Russia skates on the ice prior to pulling out of the men's short program figure skating competition due to illness at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

PLUSHENKO'S FINAL BOW

Evgeni Plushenko, the only modern-era figure skater to win medals in four Olympics, retired just after he withdrew from the men's competition at the Sochi Games after falling on a triple axel and saying it felt "like a knife in my back." The 31-year-old helped Russia win the team gold over the weekend, had won a gold in 2006 and got silvers in 2002 and 2010.

SWEEP IN SOCHI

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Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing, putting on a spectacular show to breathe life into the lagging U.S. medal count. The sweep was only the third by the U.S. in Winter Olympic history, joining men's figure skating in 1956 and men's halfpipe snowboarding in 2002. All four U.S. golds in Sochi have come at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, and Thursday's haul came 15 hours after Kaitlyn Farrington and Kelly Clark grabbed gold and bronze in women's halfpipe snowboarding.

GERMANY'S SLIDE SHOW

Germany won the inaugural Olympic luge team relay, with three already-golden champions joining forces to celebrate one more time at the Sochi Games. Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished their runs in 2 minutes, 45.649 seconds, good enough to beat Russia for the title by 1.030 seconds. Latvia won the bronze. It was the 31st luge gold medal for Germany.

BOBSLED ACCIDENT

An Olympic track worker was struck by a bobsled just before the start of training runs, injuring his legs and giving him a concussion. Games organizers said the unidentified man was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Officials said the crash took place just before the finish line, which would suggest that the sled likely had not yet started to brake.

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