Jeremy Abbott


Jeremy Abbott

Infobox Figure skater
title= Jeremy Abbott


caption=
country= USA
dateofbirth= birth date and age|1985|6|5
residence= Colorado Springs, Colorado
height= convert|175|cm|ftin|abbr=on
partner=
coach= Tom Zakrajsek, Damon Allen, Becky Calvin
formercoach= Peggy Behr
choreographer= Kurt Browning, Tom Dickson
skating club= Broadmoor Skating Club
retired =
combined total= 206.40
combined date= 2008 Four Continents
SP score= 74.34
SP date= 2007 Four Continents
FS score= 145.53
FS date= 2008 Four Continents

Jeremy Abbott (born June 5, 1985 in Aspen, Colorado) is an American figure skater. He is the 2007 Four Continents bronze medalist.

Biography

Jeremy Abbott was born in Aspen, Colorado. He began skating at age two. He began competing at age four after seeing and being inspired by Robin Cousins.

Abbott competed in all three disciplines. As a juvenile, he competed in ice dancing with Amanda Cunningham from 1995-1996 and with Katie Hoffmaster from 1997-1998. He competed as a pair skater with Brittany Vise in 1998-1999 and Krystal Sorenson from 2001-2002. In 1999, Abbott moved from Aspen to Colorado Springs, Colorado and began representing the Broadmoor Skating Club, where he still trains and is affiliated. Since then, Abbott has been coached by Tom Zakrajsek. He was previously coached by Peggy Behr in Aspen.

Abbott began competing in singles at the novice level in the 2000-2001 season, but failed to make it out of Sectionals. The next year he made it to Nationals, where he placed 6th at novice. He turned junior the next season and spent 2002-2003 until 2004-2005 on the junior level nationally. He fractured his L5 vertebra in 2003, which kept him off the ice for fifteen weeks leading up to Regionals. He overcame this to win Regionals and go on to place 7th at Nationals. He finally won the Junior national title in 2005. A remark he made during this competition led to his mascot becoming a pig with wings, a flying pig.

Abbott was given his first senior international assignment in the 2005-2006 Olympic season. He placed 18th at the 2005 Nebelhorn Trophy and then placed fifth at the very competitive Midwestern Sectionals, just missing a chance to go to Nationals and try for the Olympic team. Abbott later blamed this on his poor training habitshttp://www.figureskatersonline.com/jeremyabbott/spotlightonskating.pdf] , saying he got lazy after winning the junior national title. Failing to make it out of Sectionals gave him the motivation he needed.

In the 2006-2007 season, Abbott was given another international assignment, this time to the Finlandia Trophy, which he won, beating a strong field to do so. He won Sectionals and advanced to Nationals. He won the pewter medal at his senior nationals, the highest placement for a first-timer in the senior men's event at nationals in twenty years. Abbott was named the first alternate to the World and Four Continents teams, and given a bye to Nationals for the 2007-2008 season, meaning he will not have to face the field at Sectionals to make it to nationals in 2008. When Johnny Weir withdrew from Four Continents, Abbott was put on the team.

The Four Continents Championships were held at Broadmoor, Abbott's home ice. He beat out U.S. silver medalist and training mate Ryan Bradley for the bronze medal.

Following his win on the junior level, Abbott established a fund in Aspen, Colorado, to help up-and-coming skaters pay for training. [ [http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=29739 Welcome to U.S. Figure Skating ] ] In 2006, he established a second one for skaters in the surrounding area. [ [http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=35532 Welcome to U.S. Figure Skating ] ]

Abbott attended Cheyenne Mountain High School for five years, stretching his high school career out one year longer than the usual so he could focus both on skating and getting good grades. [ [http://www.unseenskaters.com/articles/20032004/20040107_jeremy.html Spotlight on Jeremy Abbott (Unseen Skaters) ] ] He graduated in 2004. [ [http://www.usfigureskating.org/AthleteBio.asp?id=30117 U.S. Figure Skating Athlete Bio for Jeremy Abbott ] ] His older sister Gwen Abbott was a nationally-ranked downhill skier who competed in the X Games as a ski racer.

Programs

Competitive highlights

*N = Novice level; J = Junior level

References

External links

* [http://www.figureskatersonline.com/jeremyabbott Official Site]
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