Plushenko holds off Kim, wins 'It's Your Move'Legendary Russian's quad combinations tally 25 percent of final vote
Evgeni Plushenko may have announced his retirement from competitive skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but his tremendous career is still winning him accolades.
After three weeks of voting, including a final round that pinned him against some of the most iconic figures in the sport, Plushenko has won icenetwork's "It's Your Move" contest for his legendary quad combinations.
The feat was not easy. Of the more than 750,000 votes cast in the final round, 25 percent of fans chose Plushenko, helping the Russian hold off Yu-Na Kim's 'Yu-Na camel,' which took home 23 percent of the vote. Plushenko and Kim were the unofficial co-favorites entering the final week of voting after each tallied large waves of support in the opening round of the contest.
The victory is a lasting testament to Plushenko's pioneering of the quad combination, which he championed throughout his career. Despite the sheer difficulty of combining multiple jumps to a quad, he attempted -- and, more often than not, landed -- the moves on the grandest of stages.
His quadruple toe-triple toe-double loop during his free skate at the 2006 Winter Olympics helped him take home the gold medal. He used an even more difficult three-jump combination -- a quadruple toe-triple toe-triple toe -- to aid him in winning his first Olympic medal, a silver, in 2002. At the 2010 Winter Games, a quad toe-triple toe combination in both his short program and free skate helped Plushenko win the silver medal in Vancouver.
Plushenko didn't just hold off Kim -- he was also competing against himself. His version of the Biellmann spin also found a spot in the final round, garnering 21 percent of the final tally.
Kim also had another entry that took home heavy vote totals in the final round. Her triple Lutz-triple toe finished in fourth place with 20 percent of the vote. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's 'goose' lift rounded out the top five.