Jan 17, 2010 10:11 PM

Abbott wins 2nd US title, Vancouver Games up next

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Jeremy Abbott has won his second straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and is on his way to the Olympic Games.

Joining him will be world champion Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir. Abbott won with 263.66 points, a whopping 25 ahead of Lysacek. Weir was actually fifth in the free skate behind Ryan Bradley and Adam Rippon, but he'd built up a big enough lead in the short program to stay on the podium.

Abbott showed off his entire arsenal, doing a quadruple toe, a triple axel-triple toe combination and a three-jump combo. His overall skating was dazzling, maintaining power and grace all the
way to the end. He is a former member of Colorado Springs' Broadmoor Skating Club.

The Broadmoor's Ryan Bradley placed fourth and Brandon Mroz finished sixth.

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