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Michigan athletes @ Sochi Olympics: Abbott falters in new figure skating event

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U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott apologized to teammates and fans after his disappointing performance today in figure skating’s first ever Team Trophy event at the Winter Olympics.

Abbott, who trains at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, fell while attempting a quad and then backed out of a triple axel to earn just 65.65 points in the short program for men. His performance temporarily put Team USA in 7th place. The American duo of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir placed fifth in the pairs short program and managed to pull the team's current position to fifth with six performances left in the event.

Yuzuru Hanyu, who finished 4th in the World Championships last year, skated brilliantly for Japan and finished six points ahead of 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist Yevgeny Plushenko of Russia. Plushenko did not show any disappointment while celebrating the 1st place finish of Russian pairs skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.

The Team Trophy event debuted 32 hours before the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics. It requires eight skating performances by representatives from 10 countries. If you have access to Olympic video coverage, you can watch the following:

  • Short program for men (today)
  • Pairs short program (today)
  • Short program for women (February 8)
  • Ice dancing pairs short program (February 8)
  • Team free skate finals for men (February 8)
  • Pairs team free skate finals (February 9)
  • Team free skate finals for women (February 9)
  • Ice dancing pairs free skate team finals (February 9)
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