Someone please call Paul Wylie. And then connect him with Jeremy Abbott.
Abbott turned in an abysmal short program, missing all of his jumps in a performance that was slow and uninspiring. The tragedy here, again, is that Abbott is among the best in the world when he is on his game. He just never seems to be on his game when the world is watching. I’d expect for this program to be lambasted, and for some to wonder if he did the right thing for the future of the sport by choosing to skate at all.
This reminds us of Paul Wylie, the Harvard-alum figure skater who had never finished higher than ninth in a major international competition before he skated in the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France. There, he turned in two fine performances and won a silver medal. Abbott should and would likely be BENCHED for the long program. In the interim, I suggest he contact Mr. Wylie. Perhaps he can tell Abbott how to handle the pressure during the men’s competition, which starts next week. Jeremy, do better. Do it for us, if only because it breaks our hearts to see your ugly cry.
But really, guys! Jeremy can be amazing. Check out his 2010 long program from the U.S. Nationals.