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Jeremy Abbott (born June 5, 1985 in Aspen, Colorado) is an American Figure skater. He is the 2009 U.S. national champion, the 2007 Four Continents bronze medalist and the 2008 Grand Prix Final Champion.

Personal lifeEdit

Jeremy Abbott was born in Aspen, Colorado. He began skating at age two. He began competing at age four after seeing and being inspired by Robin Cousins.

Following his win on the junior level, Abbott established a fund in Aspen, Colorado, to help up-and-coming skaters pay for training. In 2006, he established a second one for skaters in the surrounding area.

Abbott attended Cheyenne Mountain High School for five years, stretching his high school career out one year longer than the usual so he could focus both on skating and getting good grades. He graduated in 2004. His older sister Gwen Abbott was a nationally-ranked downhill skier who competed in the X Games as a ski racer., saying he got lazy after winning the junior national title. Failing to make it out of Sectionals gave him the motivation he needed.

In the 2006-2007 season, Abbott was given another international assignment, this time to the Finlandia Trophy, which he won, beating a strong field to do so. He won Sectionals and advanced to Nationals. He won the pewter medal at his senior nationals, the highest placement for a first-timer in the senior men's event at nationals in twenty years. Abbott was named the first alternate to the World and Four Continents teams, and given a bye to Nationals for the 2007-2008 season, meaning he will not have to face the field at Sectionals to make it to nationals in 2008. When Johnny Weir withdrew from Four Continents, Abbott was put on the team.

The 2007 Four Continents bronze medalist were held at the World Arena, Colorado Springs, Abbott's home ice. He beat out U.S. silver medalist and training mate Ryan Bradley for the bronze medal.

In the 2007-2008 season, Abbott debuted on the Grand Prix, placing 8th at the 2007 Skate Canada and 4th at the 2007 NHK Trophy. At the 2008 United States Figure Skating Championships, he won the pewter medal. He placed 5th at the 2008 Four Continents Championships. He was sent to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships after Evan Lysacek withdrew with injury, and placed 11th.

In the 2008-2009 season, Abbott competed again on the Grand Prix. He won the 2008 Cup of China and placed fourth at the 2008 Cup of Russia to qualify for the Grand Prix Final Champion. He won the Grand Prix Final, becoming the first American man to do so, and achieved the highest total free skate score for an American man. At the 2009 United States Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland, Abbott won both the short program and the free skate to win the gold medal.

Programs Edit

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Abbott performs his exhibition at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Season Short Program Free Skating Exhibition
2008 - 2009 Adagio in G Minor
by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Eight Seasons Tangos
by Astor Piazzolla
Faith
by George Michael
Treat
by Carlos Santana
2007 - 2008 Treat
by Carlos Santana
Ghost Waltz
from Mistletoe Bride ballet
by Paul Chihara
Jazz Suite Waltz
from Eyes Wide Shut
River Waltz
from The Painted Veil soundtrack
Masquerade Waltz
by Aram Khachaturian
Faith
by George Michael
2006 - 2007 Dead Already
from American Beauty (soundtrack)
by Thomas Newman
Symphony No. 25 in G minor
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Praeludium and Allegro
by Fritz Kreisler
Save the Last Dance for Me
by Michael Buble
2005 - 2006 I'm A-Doun
by Vanessa Mae
Selections
by William Joseph
Selections
by Safri Duo
2004 - 2005 Concierto de Aranjuez
by Joaquín Rodrigo
Selections
by Safri Duo

Competitive highlights Edit

Event 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
World Championships 11th TBD
Four Continents Championships 3rd 5th 5th
U.S. Championships 6th N. 7th J. 1st J. 4th 4th 1st
Grand Prix Final 1st
Cup of Russia 4th
Cup of China 1st
Skate Canada International 8th
NHK Trophy 4th
Finlandia Trophy 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 18th
Copenhagen Trophy 3rd J.
Midwestern Sectionals 3rd N. 9th J. 2nd J. 1st J. 5th 1st
Southwestern Regionals 1st N. 3rd J. 1st J. 1st J.
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level

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