- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) - Evgeny Plushenko says the skating test that could determine if he competes at the Sochi Olympics was a success.

Plushenko, whose three Olympic medals include the 2006 gold, is eager for a career-capping performance in his home country. But he had back surgery in the spring and since then competed only at a second-tier international event and the Russian nationals, where he finished behind Maxim Kovtun.

However, Kovtun’s relative inexperience and fifth-place finish at the European Championships make many think Plushenko would be preferable for Russia’s sole slot in Sochi.

Plushenko looked to make his case in a closed-door test skate on Tuesday. He told the R-Sport agency that it was “really great,” including two quads and two triple axels.

The Russian skating federation is to announce its decision Thursday.

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