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Jason Brown: 86.00
Though not as experienced as his teammate, the 19-year-old decorated junior champion may be a star on the rise. His short-program performance was executed extremely well, and off that strong skate, he may be Team USA's strongest hope at a medal. He already earned his first piece of Olympic hardware in the team competition and will try to add to that.
Daisuke Takahashi: 86.40
Takahashi made history at the Vancouver Games for Japan when he became the first athlete to medal for the country in the men's singles event. Although his form has been inconsistent this year, he brings valuable experience to his team and is no stranger to performing well when it matters the most.
Javier Fernandez: 86.98
Though his showing at the Vancouver Games in 2010 was not particularly noteworthy, the 22-year-old from Spain seems to have quietly and steadily improved since then. His performance in the short program was sharp, and he may be a top under-the-radar contender to medal.
Jeremy Abbott: 72.58
Abbott's short program was far from perfect. The 28-year-old Colorado native took a hard fall on the landing of his quadruple jump and for a few agonizing seconds appeared to be seriously injured. Showing class and tenacity, he righted himself and continued on to execute the remainder of his skate without incident.
He was well-received by the audience and the judges seemed to reward his heart, giving him a score of 72.58. This was his second fall of the Sochi Games, and he will need to remain upright to be a medal contender in the free skate, though at this point he is a long shot.