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Fabulous finish for Abbott at figure skating championships

Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, midnight

Good thing Jeremy Abbott was the final skater. There was no way anyone could have topped this performance. Needing only to stay on his feet to win his third title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, Abbott (pictured) performed with a quiet elegance and superior skill that was simply bewitching. “I skate to give a performance like that and so I felt really good,” Abbott said. His final score of 273.58 was the highest ever at the U.S. championships, and puts him within striking distance of world champion Patrick Chan. Adam Rippon, a two-time junior world champion, was second. Ross Miner finished third for a second straight year.

Associated Press

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