On an episode of IceTalk today, Jeremy Abbott formally announced his retirement from competition, 2 1/2 years after he was last in a full competition, at the 2015 U.S. Championships.
Though he never won an individual Olympic or World medal, Abbott remains one of the major forces in American skating over the past decade. With his four U.S. titles, he is tied with the likes of Brian Boitano and Scott Hamilton in the number of U.S. titles won, only surpassed by five other men. His legacy goes beyond his accolades - his presence in American skating has helped elevate the level of artistry among the American men.
With his announcement today, Abbott leaves a career of achievements that included:
- Olympic team bronze medal
- Five Worlds appearances (including two fifth-place finishes)
- Four U.S. Championship titles (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)
- 2009 Grand Prix Final title (the first American man to win that title)
- Two Four Continents bronze medals
- Nine Grand Prix medals
Here are my favorite highlights from Jeremy Abbott's career. He certainly had a special knack for free skates.