Olympic figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko shared his thoughts on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He spoke about the cultural richness of St. Petersburg and ice skaters’ love for football.
"Guests of St. Petersburg need to visit all the attractions of the city,” Plushenko told Welcome2018.com. “The city is rich in beautiful architecture, lots of museums, with indescribable energy and aura. Note the bridges especially - it's incredibly beautiful sight. Finally we will have a good stadium, which will be very comfortable. Prior to the World Cup the city changed significantly. The lighting was changed, the roads are much better now, new junctions are under construction. In general, I can say that I often travel around the country, and what I see - is very good. The country is developing, things get much better," he added.
Plushenko did not rule out the possibility that he would become the ambassador of host city of St. Petersburg. "I was not offered to become the ambassador. Would I agree? I need to think about it,” he said.
The athlete has admitted that, because of the tight schedule he will not be able to attend the World Cup matches. "In 2018 we have the Winter Olympics and a big cycle immediately after,” Plushenko said. “So, I do not know where I’ll find myself in the summer of 2018. I hope to be able to visit the World Cup matches, but I can’t say for sure," he added.
Olympic champion said that football is very popular in the world of figure skating. "Skaters are very fond of football; many are quite good at it. I think a lot of skaters will attend the World Cup," he said.
Plushenko is sure that the Russian team will not be able to perform badly at the home Championship. "Our players are now playing much better. In general, the Russian football is blooming. Not only is our national team not bad at football, but also clubs in the European Cup. I think out national team in 2018 will appear in the new line-up. There will be young stars, who will understand that you need to show you best game at home," Plushenko said.Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is a two-time Olympic champion (in 2006 - in figure skating, in 2014 - in the team event), two-time Olympic silver medalist (2002 and 2010), three-time world champion (2001, 2003, 2004).