If there was one thing the 2012 U.S. Championships proved, it is that many of the current top-ranked skaters are ready to battle it out on the World stage in March.
Jeremy Abbott is one of those people. There was almost no doubt as the last note of his short program music faded that as long as he showed up for the free skate he would be impossible to beat.
The 26-year-old was in a class of his own, claiming first place in the short with a score of 90.23.
He backed up that skating statement by laying down a captivating performance in his free skate to “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3” by Muse. Skating last, Abbott executed a quad toe loop and five other triples, two of which were solid triple Axels.
But it was his quiet confidence, flowing edges and elegant choreography that cast a spell over the entire audience.
When his final marks came up he was in disbelief. His point tally of 273.58, the highest ever awarded at a U.S. championship, put him almost 33 points ahead of his closest rival.
“It feels great to be a three-time national champion,” Abbott said. “I felt good out there. I perform in practice like that every day, and I just stuck to my plan and went through the program very methodically until I got to the end.”
Originally published in April 2012