Jeremy Abbott stood motionless at center ice taking in every detail of the standing ovation at TD Garden.
After all, it was the final skate of his career on U.S. ice.
Abbott, 28, scored a 174.41 free skate and combined score of 274.27, opening with a quad toe loop. He under rotated the second half of two other jump sequences, but slammed a triple Axel, triple Salchow and triple loop.
“I was starting to feel overwhelmed,” Abbott said of his skate.
Third after Friday’s short program, Jason Brown, the 19 year old from Illinois, won the free skate (182.61) and posted a combined 270.08. He will be the second of the two men the U.S. qualified for the Olympics.
“It wasn’t until midway through the season,” Brown said of his legitimacy for the Olympic team, “but I’m realistic with myself, and I don’t allow myself to think ‘there.’ As time went on, I gained more confidence.”
Scottsdale native Max Aaron, the defending champion, placed with the bronze medal (260.44).
“The second Salchow got away from me,” Aaron said. “It’s been a fight, a great season. I’m really proud of all the men here. It helps being the reigning champion, but it comes down to who’s prepared. It’s about being able to handle the pressure.”
Joshua Farris, the reigning world junior champion, placed fourth for the second consecutive season.
Richard Dornbush, second after the short, fell to fifth with the eighth-best long program, while Douglas Razzano, of Chandler and the Coyotes Skating Club, was sixth. Ross Miner of Boston was seventh, followed by Adam Rippon, Brandon Mroz and Stephen Carriere, who also represents the Skating Club of Boston.
Abbott, also won the title in 2009, 2010 and 2012. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, he finished ninth, and in four world championships, his best finish was fifth in 2010 at Torino.
“Four years ago, everything was just about being on the team,” Abbott said. “When it happened, we didn’t know what to expect.”