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Russian figure skater hopes to broadcast spine surgery live

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Evgeni Plushenko, moments after his injury in Sochi.
Evgeni Plushenko, moments after his injury in Sochi. (Getty Images)

Four-time Olympic medalist figure skater Evgeni Plushenko announced recently that he would be having back surgery to repair a broken bolt in his surgically-repaired spine.

On Monday, he announced plans to broadcast the surgery live.

"I think everybody already knows that the surgery will take place on March 2, and the broken bolt from an intervertebral disc will be taken out," Plushenko told media in Russia. "Many people will see it because I want to show them how it happens," adding that it will be "some kind of live broadcast."

Plushenko abruptly retired earlier this month after injuring himself during warmups and withdrawing from the men's singles event in Sochi.

The 31-year-old has since backed off those plans, and even stated that he's considering competing in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. However, he plans to use more caution in his return this time around.

"This time, I will not hurry," he said, according to Russian news agency ITAR_TASS. "I underwent an operation a year ago, and I had to rush in order to perform at home Olympics, but now I have plenty of time. I need to recover properly and avoid such consequences."

Plushenko's surgery is scheduled for March 2. Adjust your DVR accordingly.

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