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Jeremy Abbott to skate at Worlds

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado
Jeremy Abbott performs at the Aspen Skating Club's annual show in May. (Aspen Times file)

From the tiny Aspen Ice Garden to the World Figure Skating Championships in Göteborg, Sweden.

It’s been a remarkable rise for 22-year-old Jeremy Abbott, a former Aspen Skating Club member who will represent the U.S. States in Sweden starting Friday, after claiming the spot vacated by U.S. Champion Evan Lysacek, who withdrew because of injury.After claiming the 2005 U.S. Junior Men’s National title, Abbott was denied a spot from competing in the international Junior Grand Prix series because his birthday fell 25 days after the age cutoff.Not having the advantage of experiencing international competition at a younger age, Abbott moved into the senior ranks. He failed to qualify for U.S. nationals during his first season as a senior skater, taking fifth at the sectional level in a very tough field of senior men.

Last year, Abbott earned a spot to compete for the Finlandia Trophy in Helsinki, one of the premier international skating competitions. Abbott won the trophy and jump-started his career. He followed with a podium finish in the men’s senior division at nationals, claiming a pewter medal behind gold medalist Lysacek, Ryan Bradley and Johnny Weir.When Weir dropped out of the International Skating Union Four Continents competition last year on Abbott’s home ice in Colorado Springs, Abbott took his spot and claimed the bronze medal.

Those two results gave Abbott his first ISU world point rankings. His points earned him two coveted assignments to Grand Prix competitions, in Canada and Japan, where he finished eighth and fourth, respectively.At this year’s nationals in St. Paul, Minn., Abbott again finished fourth. After Weir dropped out of Four Continents again, this time in Seoul, South Korea, Abbott earned his third trip to Asia in four months.He finished fifth against some of the world’s best skaters, including Daisuke Takahashi, Lysacek and junior world champion Stephen Carriere.