Four-time national champion and two-time Olympian, Jeremy Abbott, had announced that he would be retiring after the 2013-2014 season, but shortly after the World Championships rumors began circulating that he might not be ready to make his final exit.
“I’ve never had a season where I have had so few mistakes in so many competitions,” Jeremy said on the final night of the Stars on Ice tour. “For me that was very important and I think if I can continue to have minimal mistakes that my scores will only go up.”
Abbott placed fifth at the 2014 World Championships, which is the highest placement of a U.S. man in five years. He won a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in the team event and Jeremy had one of the best seasons he has had in a long time. He learned so much that he is eager to use what he has learned to see if he can continue to progress.
“The only reason I would want to continue is personal goals. It’s not because I have to, it’s not because I have something to prove,” Jeremy explained. “It’s because I feel that I am missing one thing in my competitive career that I want. I want a world medal. I feel like there is such a void.”
It is odd to look back at the past nine years of Jeremy Abbott’s senior career and not see a world medal, but he has struggled with achieving the success he has had on U.S. ice on the world stage for various reasons.
After a 20-city Stars on Ice tour, where Jeremy has only been home three days in the past two months, Abbott plans on taking some much needed time off, along with a vacation. He then plans to work with with a choreographer to design a free skate that could either work for ice shows or in a competition.
“I plan to train that [long program] throughout the summer and if I’m improving, if I can get another quad, if I’m consistent and if my body feels stronger than I was even last season then you know, I think I will go for it,” Abbott said. “If I’ve made good improvement and things are looking good, then why not? But if things are just too hard, if I can’t keep up anymore or if I’m kind of backsliding than it’s not worth it for me to do it anymore and I can really put my effort into show skating, because I love to perform more than anything.”
Jeremy only wants to compete this season if he realistically believes he can achieve his desire of winning a world medal, if he does not feel that is obtainable after training this summer he will retire. Even if Abbott does retire without a world medal, he will do so after winning a lot of personal victories and inspiring many people. Regardless of retirement he will not be leaving the ice any time soon.
“I’m going to be in the sport for a very long time,” Jeremy expressed. “ I’d like to choreograph and I want to continue to perform. I have such a passion for this sport and I love it so much.”