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Sylvia
01-09-2013, 09:10 PM
@USFigureSkating tweeted these excerpts from Jeremy Abbott's pre-Nationals media teleconference call today:

"I am feeling great and training is going really well. I am really excited to go to Omaha" ...
[He] says he is working on spins and footwork and has altered his jump patterns since the last time we saw him.
... for now, the quad is only planned for his free skate in Omaha. Focus is on two clean programs.
ETA: @LynnRutherford tweeted:

USFS teleconf: JAbbott's back is improved; his quad is back to streamlined entrance & he's made changes to FS.

sus2850
01-09-2013, 09:53 PM
I guess he will no longer try to do the two 3A back to back...

mgobluegirl
01-09-2013, 10:45 PM
I guess he will no longer try to do the two 3A back to back...

I thought that was sort of cool, actually. Difficult and a nice highlight on the music. But I guess if he can't hit it, it doesn't really matter.

dinakt
01-09-2013, 11:18 PM
I thought that was sort of cool, actually. Difficult and a nice highlight on the music. But I guess if he can't hit it, it doesn't really matter.

I thought is was so cool from the point of view of choreography and music! Gorgeous. But yah, if Jeremy cannot do it, there is no point. I appreciate the thought though.

NadineWhite
01-10-2013, 03:25 AM
I just want/wish he would skate clean at Worlds, but another mind-blowing perfect performance at Nationals isn't bad either. :cool::hat1:

l'etoile
01-10-2013, 03:44 AM
It may come down to who is least injured , or at least who does best with what injuries they have.

So true but sad:( I think this season, I'm learning more than ever how dangerous figure skating is.

Marco
01-10-2013, 04:22 AM
I am done rooting for Abbott. He is still the best US male skater since Savoie, but he is just never going to be competitive / consistent. He definitely has it in him to win Nationals and maybe even medal at Worlds, but really, he has missed too many chances to be taken seriously.

I still really enjoy his skating and programs, but I guess he is never really meant to be a fierce competitor.

spikydurian
01-10-2013, 10:35 AM
1st - 2009 Grand Prix Final
5th - 2010 Worlds
3rd - 2007 FCC
3rd - 2011 FCC

I could only dream of laying those kinds of eggs... :sigh:
:rofl: You always fail to disappoint, PeterG. Not wanting to morph into a chicken or ostrich are you?

olympic
01-10-2013, 12:33 PM
Abbott is all about a line from The Joy Luck Club - 'never expect, just hope'

Sylvia
01-10-2013, 10:25 PM
USFS tweeted re. Ross Miner's pre-Nationals media teleconference call today:
"Preparations have been going really well"
"We are a great skating nation. If you can make the World Team, that's a great accomplishment"
Will keep the quad in both programs

carriemarie
01-10-2013, 11:40 PM
I thought is was so cool from the point of view of choreography and music! Gorgeous. But yah, if Jeremy cannot do it, there is no point. I appreciate the thought though.

Count me in as another one who thought the 3A's back to back was really cool, especially if Jeremy executed they way we know he can.

Jeremy really needs to concentrate on being clean at Nationals and Worlds. To me, the inconsistency in his quad is not his biggest problem (or should even be his main focus) at this point. It's all the other little silly mistakes with easier triples that really add up. He may not be in the Top 3 without a quad, but he could be in the top 5 easily (depending on the competition that day) with a decent quad attempt and fall and an otherwise clean program.

MattysMom2005
01-11-2013, 05:43 PM
What does everyone think about the chances of Evan competing at Nationals? I haven't read anything that indicates he isn't going to be there. It would sure make the event more exciting.

merrywidow
01-11-2013, 05:54 PM
I keep forgetting about Evan's possible return. Guess that says it all for me.

Leeedward
01-11-2013, 06:37 PM
If he were a "sure thing" (i.e., definitely going, not iffy) it would be banner headlines. Anything to boost interest and sell tickets would be out there, big-time. Personally, I think the chances are slim that we'll see him at Nationals. The question is whether he is really improved enough, physically to be able to skate at World's. If so, we'll see rumors floating about a "bye" to Worlds--if that's possible considering his extended absence from competition. We'll know in a couple of weeks, if not before.

aftershocks
01-12-2013, 05:13 AM
It would add to the intrigue if Evan does turn up at the 11th hour, but I think even without Evan, U.S. Nationals is definitely going to be exciting in all disciplines. And if Johnny Weir at his peak were going to be there, it would be even more exciting. Alas, the Johnny and Evan bust-ups are probably a thing of the past. The up-and-coming guys and the veteran Abbott, will go to battle and there will be no lack of excitement, IMHO. I just wish Johnny was going to be commentating again, but that is unlikely to happen this year. Maybe he will make an appearance during the backstage interviews.