The federation was not immediately available for comment.Earlier in the Games, he helped Russia to team gold.In an interview with CNN's Amanda Davies, Plushenko said officials had asked him to skate, despite the potential risk and that he had offered to give up the one space eligible in the competition to Russia to a fellow athlete. well, what happened, happened." Shortly after, the 31-year-old announced his retirement from skating.Since winning his gold, he’s been linked romantically to another Olympic champion, American gymnast Nastia Liukin. His only public outreach to his wannabe girlfriend was a Tweet to her following his win: “So glad you were there!!! Seconds later, he tweeted: “Kim Kardashian was so hot on Ellen today!!!!! She’s gone so far as to confirm the relationship to magazine. ”For those counting, that’s five exclamation marks to three. In an interview with Russia's Sovietsky Sport on Saturday, Plushenko said he had offered to step back in favor of Maxim Kovtun after the team competition but the 18-year-old was nowhere to be found and turned out to be unwell."They did not find him immediately and then it turned out that he was ill. I tried to do everything for the country, for the sport," he told Sovietsky Sport.Skating to "Parisian Walkways" by Gary Moore the 19-year old served up a quad toeloop, triple axel and triple lutz-triple toeloop combination, in a routine that left him 3.93-points ahead of three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada.There was disappointment, however, for Evgeni Plushenko, who was forced to withdraw after the warm-up due to back problems.The Japanese youngster coped with the spotlight brilliantly, bettering his own previous world record, set on his way to victory over Chan in the Grand Prix final, by 1.61 points. I was just trying to turn in the best performance I possibly could -- and I did," said Hanyu. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to skate against him in the team event.” Chan said he was happy going into the following day’s free skating final in second place. I’ve done it before and I have a plan.” World bronze medallist Javier Fernandez of Spain, who trains with Hanyu under the guidance of coach Brian Orser, currently lies in third on 86.98 points, after producing an entertaining routine to “Satan Takes a Holiday".“I was very, very surprised by the score.” Chan meanwhile scored 97.52 after he under rotated his triple axel jump in his performance to Rachmaninov's “Elegie in E Flat”. “It wasn't my day, I was stumbling a lot,” said Fernandez.