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Jeremy Abbott reclaims his title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships came to a conclusion today, January 12, as the men took the ice for their free skate. It was another crazy roller coaster ride that left viewers, and skaters, at the edge of their seats awaiting the marks.

In fifth place after the short program was reigning junior world champion, Joshua Farris. Skating to Schindler’s List, Joshua displayed his unique artistic abilities, yet he fell on his quad toe. He recovered nicely and the rest of his skate was strong. This being his senior national debut, he skated very well and finished in fourth place.

Max Aaron, the reigning U.S. champion, was next to skate and after watching Joshua, Max’s lack of artistry became more evident, yet his athletic ability is incredible. Opening his program with a nice quad salchow-double toe loop he continued to skate well landing each jump he attempted. Aaron fought for each jumping pass and his determination and focus was admirable. It was not enough for a second place finish, but he was still able to capture the bronze medal.

A few skaters later came fan favorite, Jason Brown. The crowd cheered loudly as soon as Jason took to the ice. His ability to connect with the audience is astounding. He had a strong skate landing two triple-triple combinations and capturing the silver medal. The remarkable thing about Jason is that he does not have a quad in his repertoire, yet his quality of skating is so brilliant that his component scores make up for it. His face lit up as his scores were revealed, it was truly an amazing moment for him as he realized that he just might be named to the Olympic Team.

The final skater to take the ice was Jeremy Abbott. Starting his skate with a beautiful quadruple toe, Jeremy skated with passion and won over the Boston crowd once again. Making only one major mistake of doubling his triple flip, Abbott seemed to thoroughly enjoy his time out on the ice, as he has announced that this will be his final U.S. Championships. He plans to retire at the conclusion of this season. There is no better way to say goodbye to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships then to win one last title, and that’s exactly what Jeremy did.

“Driven by a fire inside,” was how Jeremy Abbott explained his performance to the press after his free skate. Winning the bronze at last year’s U.S. Championships and struggling quite a bit this season, Abbott came out with some serious fight during these national championships. After skating two strong programs, it was enough for him to win the gold.

Jeremy has such an amazing balance of artistry and athleticism and when he is on, he is unbeatable. Jeremy is hoping to improve upon his ninth finish at the 2010 Olympic Games as now it looks like he will probably be named to the Olympic Team.

The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were so amazing this year as tears were shed, hearts were broken, dreams were realized, and triumph was achieved. All of the hard work that each skater poured out, all of the sacrifice and the training all came down to these championships. Now the best of the best will be making their way to the Sochi Olympic Games in only twenty five days. Let the Games begin!

Men's final standings:

1. Jeremy Abbott - 274.27
2. Jason Brown - 270.08
3. Max Aaron - 260.44
4. Joshua Farris - 248.06
5. Richard Dornbush - 236.38
6. Douglas Razzano - 232.43
7. Ross Miner - 224.81
8. Adam Rippon - 222.19
9. Brandon Mroz - 208.69
10. Stephen Carriere - 203.25
11. Grant Hochstein - 198.50
12. Keegan Messing - 197.45
13. Timothy Dolensky - 184.84
14. Sean Rabbitt - 183.34
15. Lukas Kaugars - 179.32
16. Philip Warren - 169.04
17. Daniel Raad - 161.01
18. Scott Dyer - 156.75
19. Robbie Przepioski - 147.34

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