As if the Sochi Olympics needed another disappointment, Evgeni Plushenko has withdrawn from competition ... and the sport that made him famous.
With his hands on his heart and a brave smile on his face, the figure skating great was escorted off the ice by his coach moments just into his routine.
The announcer told a shocked audience of his decision.
The 31-year-old skater was one of the most anticipated men's competitors of the games.
He had undergone back surgery in 2013 but had spoken hopefully of his recovery and was trying to add another medal to his collection.
He earned a gold medal in 2006, two silvers in 2002 and 2010, and has already won the team gold medal in Sochi this year.
An AP tweet confirms Plushenko has retired from skating entirely.
To see some more Olympians still in competition in Sochi, check out our gallery of hottest athletes.
1. Ashley Wagner, Olympics Hottie
22-year-old figure skater Ashley Wagner is one of the most talked-about American athletes in this year's games.
3. Heather Richardson, Olympics Hottie
American speed skater Heather Richardson won gold at the 2013 World Sprint Championships last year.
4. Aja Evans, Olympics Hottie
Aja Evans is a bobsledder for Team USA at the Olympics. And she also happens to be gorgeous.
5. Alena Zavarzina, Olympics Hottie
The stunning 24-year-old Alena snowboards for Russia at the Olympics.
6. Johnny Oduya, Olympics Hottie
Johnny plays for the NFL Blackhawks, but he represents his native Sweden at Sochi.
7. Torah Bright, Olympics Hottie
This Aussie snowboarder already nabbed a gold in Vancouver at the Olympics. Will she get another?
8. Shani Davis, Olympics Hottie
US speedskater Shani Davis became the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
9. Silje Norendal, Olympics Hottie
This Norwegian snowboarder has gotten plenty attention for her talent and her bombshell good looks at the Olympics.
10. Chloe, Maxime and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Olympics Hotties
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters prove that talent runs in the family -- the trio of Canadian skiers all made it to the Sochi Olympics! Justine and Chloe already took silver and gold.
11. Sage Kotsenburg, Olympics Hottie
The American took the first gold medal in Snowboard Slopestyle.
13. Luca Lanotte and Anna Cappellini, Olympics Hotties
These Italian ice dancers make for one attractive and graceful duo.
16. Rosalind Groenewoud: Sochi Olympics Hottie
Canadian freeskier Roz Groenewoud is a halfpipe champ.