OK maybe he has an outside shot IF somehow Johnny returns in great form AND Evan doesnt return with him (which isnt what this thread title is about anyway). He will have to blow the others off the ice though as he was never a favorite of the USFSA and after his tell all book they will have their scalpels ready should he ever show up at Nationals again. Also his best performances came 6th at the 2010 Olympics where the caliber of skating was frankly quite poor. That would indicate probably something more like a 12th place finish amongst todays field which is infinitely stronger based on how international judges see his skating, and this is with what was his best possible skating when he was last in peak condition and a regular competitor. So unless he comes back skating at a much higher level than he was in 2010 (triple axels were easy for him even then) the US judges have no reason to think he is even any more competitive internationally than their current struggling crop, and have more reason to invest in the up and comers who still could improve if given the experience. Not to mention Abbott always skates well at Nationals and was beating Johnny very easily at Nationals back when he last competed in 2010. There is definitely no reason to believe that will change, especialy when the USFSA doesnt even like Weir. It would take a rare bad Nationals for Abbott like 2011 to open up any cracks for Weir.