CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Sixth European title strengthened his chances of becoming first man to win back-to-back Olympic titles since Dick Button in 1952. ... His magnificent short program earned him 91.30 points, topping the record he'd set at the Turin Olympics. ... Easily won gold medal at Turin Olympics to cap one of the most dominant stretches in skating. Only losses from 2002-06 were at the 2004 European championships and Grand Prix final, where he finished second. ... Three-time world champion. ... Retired after Turin but continued skating in shows and made-for-TV specials in Russia. Decided to make comeback in spring 2009 and showed little signs of rust with rout of field at Rostelecom Cup. ... Combines supurb athleticism with breathtaking artistry. ... The music for his "Tango Amore" free skate is specially arranged for him by violinist Edvin Marton, who accompanied him on the ice for the exhibition in Turin. ... Loves fast cars.