During the warm-up, right before he was schedule to skate, Evgeni Plushenko landed oddly after a triple jump. He stepped out of it, and appeared to jar his back. Plushenko popped his next attempted jump in the warm-up, and appeared to be in pain, grasping his back and grimacing.

Plushenko then skated over to the judges, spoke to them briefly, and his withdrawal was announced.

The Russians will not have a singles male competitor at this Olympics, and the arena is silent.