After finishing the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in first and second place, Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown were officially nominated to the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team during a press conference on Jan. 12. They round out the 15-member team that also includes three ice dancing couples, two pairs and three individual ladies.
Abbott, 28, competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where he finished a disappointing ninth behind both of his teammates, the sixth place Johnny Weir and gold medalist Evan Lysacek. He was pleased to be chosen for the 2014 squad, noting that he felt his four national titles made him an apt candidate in Sochi.
Brown, just 19 and in his first senior season, colorfully quipped "I'm not as calm as Jeremy" before going on to call making the team "incredible" and "an honor." He clinched the U.S. silver medal with a visually stunning "Riverdance" free skate that brought the live audience in Boston to their feet.
But the announcement came under the shadow of a threatened appeal by 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who was left off the ladies' team despite a third place finish at nationals on Jan. 11. Patricia St. Peter, president of U.S. figure skating, said she hadn't yet received an appeal from Nagasu, but said that the skater would be entitled to have her case heard if she filed the necessary paperwork.
The complete 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team includes the following skaters:
- Polina Edmunds
- Gracie Gold
- Ashley Wagner
- Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
- Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay
- Meryl Davis and Charlie White
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates
- Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
Figure skating action at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia begins Feb. 6. with the first round of the all-new team event.