After an intense final day of competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, Jeremy Abbott held off a strong charge from Jason Brown to secure his fourth national title and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Brown won the silver medal and secured the second spot on the team for Sochi.
Brown, who entered the day's action in third place, set the bar extremely high during his free skate. He turned in a flawless performance that had the crowd roaring, and despite it not being enough to secure the title, he will still represent the United States at the Winter Games.
Earlier in the day, the ladies, pairs and ice dance teams were announced, and there is already a swirl of controversy surrounding the ladies selections.
Gracie Gold—who captured this weekend's nationals—was a no-brainer selection. She will be joined by 15-year-old surprise sensation Polina Edmunds and Ashley Wagner.
Wagner made the team despite finishing behind Mirai Nagasu in this weekend's competition. After initially considering an appeal of the decision, Nagasu has decided to abide by US Figure Skating's decision without formal protest.
There was far less drama in the pair and ice dancing selections. For the pairs, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will be joined by Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay. For the ice dance event, the U.S. team will be comprised of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia and Alex Shibutani.
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