As we mentioned, Evgeni Plushenko's official website had awarded the three-time Olympian a made-up "platinum" medal. Now, Plushenko's agent, Ari Zakarian, is denying that Plushenko knew anything about the changes to his website, and the "Platinum of Vancouver" label is now missing from the site.
"It's absolutely a mistake. Evgeni has absolutely no idea about this. Absolutely no idea," Zakarian said. "Nobody from our team is awarding a platinum medal."
Plushenko had been pointed in his criticism of gold medalist Evan Lysacek for not attempting a quad jump, saying, "Quad is quad. If the Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump the quad ... it's not men's figure skating, it's dancing."
Even Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin weighed in on the controversy, saying Plushenko "performed the most accomplished program on the Vancouver ice." Lysacek took the criticism in stride and responded with class:
"I guess I was a little disappointed that someone that was my role model would take a hit at me in one of the most special moments of my life," Lysacek said. "But it's tough to lose. It's not easy."
Zakarian also said that no one had the authority to change his website, which is puzzling. If it wasn't someone under Plushenko's employ, who made the change?