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    Abbott: I am the frontrunner

    Abbott: I am the frontrunner
    http://www.universalsports.com/news/...id=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.
    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Very nice comments about Alissa.
    Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club

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    Uh oh, I hope the SkateGods don't smack him down for that one...
    Who wants to watch rich people eat pizza? They must have loved that in Bangladesh. - Randy Newman on the 2014 Oscars broadcast

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    If it makes him feel better. Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Uh oh, I hope the SkateGods don't smack him down for that one...
    I think it's still okay with the SG's since Sugar didn't declare Jeremy a shoo-in.

    Whew, close call, though!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

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    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.

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    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.

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    Abbott for Three-Time Tweet of the Week Champion!!!

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    I hope Jeremy brings it. More power to him.

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    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)

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    Last season I was coming in as the previous champion, but my focus was to make the [Olympic] Team. I didn't care where I came as long as I was on the Olympic Team. Skating the way I did and winning the title was just a huge cherry on top of a whole amazing experience.

    This year I absolutely want to defend my title and I'm focusing on that a little more than I was last season.
    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.

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    I just hope he changes that sp shirt, if he does he should be good to go . 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DickButtonFan View Post
    I just hope he changes that sp shirt, if he does he should be good to go . That shirt just makes his shoulders look so stiff.
    My one reaction: Blech!

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    I like Jeremy, but hope Adam wins ....maybe this will help light a fire under Mr Rippon even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk9tingfan View Post
    My one reaction: Blech!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UMBS Go Blue View Post
    I hope Jeremy brings it. More power to him.
    Go Jeremy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar View Post
    Abbott: I am the frontrunner
    http://www.universalsports.com/news/...id=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.
    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.

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