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Abbott wins 4th US figure skating title; Brown 2nd

Created: 01/14/2014 3:39 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Jeremy Abbott won his fourth U.S. figure skating title and all but locked up his second Olympic berth.

Teenager Jason Brown was second Sunday. The Americans will send two men to the Sochi Games, and while U.S. Figure Skating officials will look at past performances in picking the team, they are unlikely to deviate from the standings.

Defending champion Max Aaron was third.

Skating last, Abbott had a cushion of nearly 13 points on Aaron after the short program, and once he landed a quadruple toe loop to open the free skate, the Olympic berth was in his grasp.

Since winning his last U.S. title two years ago, Abbott had struggled as he overhauled his training regimen. But a brilliant short program Friday put him back on top.



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