The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships concluded on Sunday, January 11, and what an emotional event it was, filled with so many highs and lows. For some it meant a spot on the Olympic Team, while for others it meant the end to their road to Sochi.
There was nothing like watching Jeremy Abbott come back so strong in his final appearance at the U.S. Championships and skate so incredibly well. His tears at the end of the program served as a reminder of the heart that he has truly poured into his skating over the years.
More tears were shed when it was announced that though Mirai Nagasu, who had made a dramatic comeback to the sport earning the bronze medal, was denied a spot on the Olympic Team. That type of heartbreak is different than any other. Initially she talked about appealing the decision, but has since resolved to accept it and move on.
It was one of the most emotional U.S. Championships that there has ever been, as this U.S. Championships marked the one hundred year celebration of the event and past champions came back to celebrate.
It's hard to believe that this is only the beginning. Athletes from all over the world will be competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics where there is certain to be more agony, more tears and yet someone will emerge triumphantly as an Olympic Champion.