Abbott: I am the frontrunner

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sugar, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Sugar

    Sugar Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2001
    Messages:
    2,430
    Abbott: I am the frontrunner
    http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=505856.html
    This year I absolutely want to defend my title and I'm focusing on that a little more than I was last season. That will probably make it different, but I feel confident going into Nationals this year because I really do feel like I am the leading man in the U.S.
  2. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2005
    Messages:
    17,647
    Very nice comments about Alissa.
  3. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2005
    Messages:
    17,494
    Uh oh, I hope the SkateGods don't smack him down for that one...
  4. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2005
    Messages:
    7,877
    If it makes him feel better. Whatever.
  5. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    I think it's still okay with the SG's since Sugar didn't declare Jeremy a shoo-in. :p

    Whew, close call, though!
  6. nerdycool

    nerdycool Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Messages:
    3,128
    It sounds boastful, but he actually sounds really practical about it. Yeah, he will get some competition from Rippon and Mroz, but it won't be at the same level as if Lysacek or Weir were there.

    IMHO, the only way he wouldn't be the front-runner as the 2-time defending national champion, is if Lysacek were there.
  7. LuckyCharm

    LuckyCharm Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2002
    Messages:
    3,878
    I've actually been wondering all season how he will handle being "The Man" at this year's Nationals. Last season, despite being the defending champ, he was practically an afterthought with Evan and Johnny receiving so much of the spotlight. This year, he's it and if he doesn't win I think most will consider it a pretty significant upset. It's good that he seems to be looking at it as a positive thing, but he's not the greatest under pressure. I hope he can keep it together.
  8. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    Joined:
    May 26, 2002
    Messages:
    25,023
    I don't think it's a braggy statement. Based on the fact he's a two time champion and has the most experience coming in, I think he is the frontrunner. But as he points out, the competition gets better each year and he certainly doesn't act like it's a conclusion that he's going to win. The last few years, Evan and Johnny did get the most attention and neither will be competing this year. That's liikely to mean some extra media attention for Abbott, but I certainly don't think he's overlooking the other contenders.
    flutzilla1 and (deleted member) like this.
  9. Willowway

    Willowway Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2002
    Messages:
    1,612
    Any champion will tell you that confidence is part of what it takes to keep winning. I like that fact that he's evidencing some real confidence and if it sounds, to some, just a little bit cocky well, that's not necessarily a bad thing for him. Yuka is doing her job.


    PS Met him at a Disson event in November and what a lovely young man. Very gracious and humorous.
  10. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2004
    Messages:
    5,550
    Well, I hope Abbott skates like it. I love his long program this year and would like to see it performed at the highest level.
  11. LilJen

    LilJen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2006
    Messages:
    9,270
    Abbott for Three-Time Tweet of the Week Champion!!!
  12. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    13,436
    I hope Jeremy brings it. More power to him.
  13. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2006
    Messages:
    3,285
    Only in figure skating do the fans all think "the skaters should say 'I am not worthy' and 'I don't deserve to win'" I am sure that's how Eli and/or Peyton Manning prepare for thier games. I am sure it's how LeBron and his posse prepare....

    UH NO! Athletes show up to WIN and the good ones know it. Nothing wrong with that!

    I think a lot of our skaters believe the "i am not worthy" line that's FSU says they should toe.. and it shows. If you go into an event going "well XYZ is SO much better then me" then it tends to be self-fufilling. (Ms Kwan milked that one for years IMHO. I love her skating, but she tended to 'intimidate' the new kids in her group just by being there resulting in some "sub par" skates. Some skaters were able to rise above it, but those were the same ones that got "trashed" for "confidence.. see Tara)
  14. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2002
    Messages:
    1,277
    Maybe he shouldn't focus more on winning this year considering how well he skated at Nationals last year when he wasn't thinking about winning. I just hope he doesn't make himself too nervous as the frontrunner.
  15. DickButtonFan

    DickButtonFan New Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,261
    I just hope he changes that sp shirt, if he does he should be good to go :D. That shirt just makes his shoulders look so stiff. He's obviously the front runner since he won last year, so yeah he can say that.
  16. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Messages:
    1,944
    My one reaction: Blech! :p
  17. Satellitegirl

    Satellitegirl New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2005
    Messages:
    8,070
    I like Jeremy, but hope Adam wins :D....maybe this will help light a fire under Mr Rippon even more.
  18. DickButtonFan

    DickButtonFan New Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,261
    :lol:
  19. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Messages:
    14,081
    Go Jeremy! :cheer2:
  20. loopey

    loopey Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2003
    Messages:
    2,480
    I like this kind of confidence and control, but he can't say this and then step onto the ice looking scared crapless and about to throw-up. He needs to followup these statements by showing a command, presence, and confidence on the ice.
  21. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    13,436
    It would be kinda awesome if he did take the ice in a leather outfit, complete with whips and chains, looking smug and ready to dominate.
    :shuffle: :saint:
  22. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2003
    Messages:
    1,637
    When I saw Jeremy this past fall he did not look scared, act scared or skate scared. I hope he brings it at US Nationals. Quietly.

    But then, I hope they all bring it when it really counts.
  23. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,515
    :rofl:
  24. pinky166

    pinky166 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2010
    Messages:
    10,242
    It sounds a little bit cocky but if it helps give him confidence then that's probably a good thing.

    I still hope Rippon wins though...I want Jeremy to save his best for Worlds.
  25. UGG

    UGG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2006
    Messages:
    1,840
    I have seen skaters look nervous but to this day I don't think I have ever seen a skater look green, pale, and ready to puke the way Jeremey did at the Olympics.
  26. neptune

    neptune New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,952
    Yes, he's the front-runner. But what good does it ever do to proclaim oneself the front-runner? At best, it creates expectations, and at worst, it comes across as immodest. Why not let others declare who the front-runner is? Besides, when you're actually in the mix, it can be hard to see things objectively as well. Although I was never really a fan of her skating, I thought Kristi Yamaguchi handled such matters very well. I don't believe she ever declared herself the front-runner. Of course, she would never count herself out or anything, but, at least publicly, she always came across as modest and level-headed. She never created expectations that might get the better of her.
  27. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,784
    My podium prediction is Abbott, Rippon, Mroz, Mahbanoozadeh. I don't expect a huge margin of victory, though.
  28. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2009
    Messages:
    7,593
    I'd rather see Mahbanoozadeh over Mroz. He was fabulous at Skate America and near-fabulous at Nebelhorn. Mroz was not fabulous at either of his events.
  29. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Messages:
    7,139
    I think it will be:

    1. Abbott
    2. Rippon
    3. Mroz/Mahbanoozadeh/Dornbush

    The top 2, if they skate to their potential, are easy to predict, but that third spot on the world team is hard to predict. All three of the above men have proven to be contenders.
  30. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2004
    Messages:
    6,324
    It's not like he got up one morning and said "I'm going to call a reporter and proclaim myself the front runner!" :lol:

    It was a causal interview and he said something off the cuff that isn't really untrue or unreasonable.

    This is just another case of a misleading and sensationalized title.
  31. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    4,246
    :huh: Everyone here knows I'm no MK fan, but I'll defend her to say she never said such a thing--ever!

    As for Jeremy, he IS the frontrunner. Since he knows it, I hope he can deliver.
    kwanette and (deleted member) like this.
  32. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Messages:
    11,254
    He is absolutely the leading man, but probably also needs to skate very very respectably to hold off Rippon and Mroz for the title.
  33. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2006
    Messages:
    3,726
    I thought the same-but on the other hand confidence is key. :D
  34. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    3,271
    The title doesn't come off "cocky" in the least little bit. It's a fact that he's the frontrunner at the moment and I sincerely hope he can skate like it. Jeremy knows he can't take his competitors for granted; he knows their accomplishments and how they are capable of skating too. This interview was shot before Armin's impressive showing at Skate America, but Jeremy mentions Adam, Brandon, and Ryan as good competition and "amazing talent": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQV8il9WZQA

    I really like the way you think! :respec::smokin::hat1::biggrinbo
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  35. shine

    shine Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2002
    Messages:
    4,363
    :confused:
  36. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Joined:
    May 26, 2002
    Messages:
    2,614
    Jeremy is the front-runner, no doubt.

    And thanks for the Kwan mention..

    "Kwan, but not forgotten.."
  37. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2002
    Messages:
    4,985
    The movie of Patricia Nell Warren's book is finally going to be made?

    Who is playing his coach/lover Harlan Brown - Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon?

    Is it being transferred to the skating world from track?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Front_Runner

    ;)

    (FYI, this post shows just how old I am to remember this book in connection with the thread title.)
  38. Jaana

    Jaana Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,881
    I like them all, but hope it will be:

    1. Mroz
    2. Abbott
    3. Rippon
  39. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2003
    Messages:
    12,397
    If he is confident, then I am probably more nervous than him !
    Go Jeremy !
  40. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2004
    Messages:
    6,970
    In a close comp. between Mroz, Mahbanoozadeh, and Dornbush, it will most likely go to Mroz - he's got the most experience and already has a top 10 worlds finish. Plus, he's landing the Quad. The USFSA, Nats. judges probably want to give a chance to a US man with a Quad.

    They may also look at Mroz as the most consistent of a trio to include Abbott, Rippon, Mroz and able to pull out a good skate in case Abbott or Rippon bomb, thereby possibly saving the US a spot at Worlds