Jeremy Abbott entered the US Figure Skating Championships looking to show that he is still on top of his game, and the 28-year-old did just that Friday night with a record-setting performance in the senior men’s short program at TD Garden.
The defending US bronze medalist and 2010 Olympian led off the fourth group with a very impressive showing that brought the crowd to its feet. Abbott received a record score of 99.86, reclaiming his own short-program mark that had been eclipsed by Richard Dornbush earlier in the evening.
“My goal here this week was to come and just keep it business and just get the job done,” Abbott said. “I have done a third of my job so far and I have two-thirds still to go, but I have a lot of confidence in the free program, and I’m so happy with how the short program went.
“This is my last US Championships, so when I went out to skate I thought to myself, ‘Just enjoy it all, enjoy the energy, and enjoy the crowd,’ and I did.”
Dornbush, who last medaled at the US Championships in 2011, came out firing as the second skater of the evening and gunned his way to a 92.04, breaking the record of 90.23 set by Abbott in 2012. Dornbush finished in second place, leading until Abbott surpassed him with four skaters to go.
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