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Jeremy Abbott skates a record short program in U.S. event
Jeremy Abbott skates a record short program in U.S. event

BOSTON -- Jeremy Abbott nearly fell on a jump. But it was merely his jump for joy after a performance in Friday's short program at the U.S. Championships that recalled what a wondrous skater Abbott can be when he lands the jumps that count. After struggling since winning his third U.S. title in 2012, Abbott finally put together a program with accomplished athleticism to complement his always striking artistry. The result was a record 99.86 points from judges generous with their scores all night, first place in the short program by more than seven points and a leg up on a second Olympic appearance. "I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks," said Abbott, 28, of...

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