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2014 U.S. figure skating nationals: Abbott, Dornbush 1-2 after short program

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With two spots available for men on the Sochi-bound 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team, three-time national champion Jeremy Abbott made a convincing case to claim one of them by delivering a record-breaking short program at the U.S. championships on Jan. 10.

The 28-year old Abbott, who plans to retire following the current season, posted a whopping 99.86, which is the best short program mark ever recorded by a man at U.S. nationals. He bested the score of 92.04 earned earlier in the evening by second place finisher Richard Dornbush. Reigning Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist Jason Brown sits in third with a personal best 87.47, while reigning U.S. gold medalist Max Aaron rounds out the top four with a mark of 86.95.

The full men's short program results are as follows:

  1. Jeremy Abbott, 99.86
  2. Richard Dornbush, 92.04
  3. Jason Brown, 87.47
  4. Max Aaron, 86.95
  5. Joshua Farris, 78.37
  6. Adam Rippon, 77.58
  7. Douglas Razzano, 75.18
  8. Ross Miner, 71.94
  9. Brandon Mroz, 70.57
  10. Grant Hochstein, 64.62
  11. Lukas Kaugars, 64.57
  12. Stephen Carriere, 64.42
  13. Timothy Dolensky, 61.76
  14. Keegan Messing, 61.15
  15. Sean Rabbitt, 60.58
  16. Philip Warren, 55.80
  17. Scott Dyer, 55.78
  18. Daniel Raad, 52.98
  19. Robert Przepioski, 47.00

Vancouver gold medalist Evan Lysacek's withdrawal from contention left the door to claiming Olympic berths wide open, and the men sitting in the top two spots following the Jan. 12 free skate are likely to be named to the 2014 team. Abbott is the only one among them with previous Games experience; he placed a lackluster ninth in 2010.

The men's championship will conclude Jan. 12 from Boston, and the complete U.S. Olympic figure skating team will be named immediately afterward.

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