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Evgeni Plushenko bows out of the Olympics: Watch his best routines -- UPDATE

UPDATE (Feb. 13, 2014): Evgeni Plushenko had to withdraw from the Winter Olympics for medical reasons on Thursday, and he’s also announced his retirement from figure skating. See for yourself why the Russian skater, who helped his country win gold in the inaugural team figure skating event in Sochi, was such a dynamic performer in the clips below.

ORIGINAL POST: Consider this a PopWatch PSA: If you’re a fan of Russia’s four-time Olympian Evgeni Plushenko (or his penchant for creating great TV), you want to watch his short program in the team figure skating competition — which began today in Sochi — in prime time. (Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. UPDATE: Watch it here.)

His home crowd adored him, he blew them a kiss during his saucy routine (to “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge), and he was as cocky and cheeky as a man who once skated a striptease to “Sex Bomb” should be. So, let’s first watch that “Sex Bomb” number — we’re only human — and then relive his Olympic performances in Salt Lake City, Torino, and Vancouver. READ FULL STORY

Get ready for Team Figure Skating: How it works!

For longtime figure skating fans, the team figure skating event debuting at the Sochi Olympics on Feb. 6, 8, and 9 is the best thing to happen since Ice Wars. Here’s how it works:

The competition begins Thursday with 10 countries. Each nation picks one man, woman, pairs team, and ice dancing couple to represent them in the short program/dance. To keep it interesting, points aren’t determined by adding their combined scores. There’s a ranking system: The top-scoring man earns 10 points for his country, the next highest man nine, and so on down the line. The top-scoring pairs team earns 10 points for their country, the next highest pair nine, and you get the picture. Then those points are combined from each of the four disciplines. The Top 5 countries move on to the free skate/dance, and each nation can make up to two substitutions in their lineup. READ FULL STORY

Why snowboard slopestyle is worth tuning in for (even without Shaun White)

The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics is on Friday, but a few events actually begin Thursday. Among them, snowboard slopestyle, which makes its Olympic debut in Sochi after years of wowing crowds at the X Games with its combination of slick rails and big-air jumps. The sport has already grabbed headlines now that Shaun White has withdrawn from the event — a day after jamming his wrist on the course that has also claimed a broken collarbone and a concussion from other athletes during practice — to focus on his quest for a gold medal three-peat in halfpipe. (He wasn’t expected to medal in slopestyle.) EW spoke with commentator Todd Harris, who’ll handle snowboard play-by-play for NBC in Sochi, before White’s announcement. Here’s why you still want to tune in.

For those who’ve never seen slopestyle, let’s start with video of Canada’s Max Parrot earning X Games gold in Aspen last month: READ FULL STORY

Socialympics: Olympic skier Nick Goepper's bathtub photo takes gold (#nude)

In our ongoing coverage of the Sochi Socialympics, the U.S. athletes continue to deliver. Here’s a look at the medalists for Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: The Super Bowl, the Sochi Olympics, 'The Monuments Men', and more

Yes, this week is a little heavy on the sporting events. Between the Super Bowl and the kick-off of the Sochi Olympics, it’s simply something we can’t ignore. However, the good news for non-sports fans is that there are plenty of other entertainment options to go around. Some of your favorite shows are returning, some of your favorite reality shows just keep getting better, and did I mention that George Clooney will be hitting the big screen? Here’s what this week has in store:

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Get ripped while watching Lifetime: The 'Gabby Douglas Story' workout plan

Nothing goes better with a cheesy Lifetime biopic than, 1) actual cheese, and 2) wine — preferably, lots of it. But somehow, guzzling empty calories while watching tiny teenagers perform astonishing feats of athleticism just seems wrong… especially when one of those tiny teens is the real Gabby Douglas, who does stunt work for her celluloid doppelganger Imani Hakim in The Gabby Douglas Story. (The film’s competition scenes also feature actual footage of Douglas’s professional triumphs.)

The solution? Instead of watching Gabby in awe and envy while you stuff your face, take the film’s debut as an opportunity to get your sweat on. Its subject material is the perfect inspiration — and its knack for hitting every stop along the inspirational TV movie highway make it perfect for a drinking-game-esque fitness routine. The rules, if you dare:

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Socialympics: Photo of 'Rambo' arcade game in Olympic Village takes gold

In our ongoing coverage of the Sochi Socialympics, the U.S. athletes continue to deliver. Here’s a look at the medalists for Jan. 31. READ FULL STORY

Socialympics: As the athletes begin to arrive in Sochi, we start handing out medals for best tweets

With still a week to go until competition begins at the Sochi Olympics (some events start Feb. 6, before the Feb. 7 opening ceremony), Team USA may not realize that the pressure is already on. We’re declaring the 2014 Socialympics officially open! Here are the U.S. athletes that medalled for Jan. 30 (eligibility began at 5 p.m. ET the previous night.) READ FULL STORY

Lindsey Vonn talks trading skiing for commentary on 'Today': 'It's going to be so hard'

Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn didn’t let a badly bruised shin stop her from snagging gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or from being named PopWatch’s Olympic Stud of the Day — but unfortunately, an uncooperative knee will keep her from competing in Sochi this February.

The silver lining: NBC announced yesterday that Vonn is officially joining the network as an Olympic correspondent. Though the gold medalist and Wheaties cover girl isn’t traveling to Russia, she’ll still report daily for Today, “shar[ing] her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”

Of course, this new role is going to take some getting used to. “It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning in her first interview since officially pulling out of the Olympics. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it’s killing me. I’m trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it’s going to be really hard to watch the alpine events.”

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Skater Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC

Say goodbye to the over-the-top costumes and Lady Gaga music — Johnny Weir is retiring from competitive figure skating, the skater announced on Today this morning.

But while he’s hanging up his skates, he isn’t disappearing from the Olympics completely. Weir will be NBC’s new figure-skating analyst for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, meaning he’ll give commentary for NBC Sports as well as all NBC platforms during the Games.

During his announcement on Today, Weir also touched on the controversy surrounding Russia and its new anti-gay laws that have been decried by the international sporting community. “I’m a gay American,” he said. “I’ve married into a Russian family. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Russia, the culture, the country, the language, everything about Russia. While this law is a terrible thing that you can’t be gay publicly in Russia, I plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid. If I get arrested, I get arrested; if not, great, but our presence is needed.”

Weir also touched on the idea of a boycott, explaining that was the wrong way to go about protesting the new law: “For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is just the worst thing that you could do to all these young people.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

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