My take is that Abbott is still learning how to cope with the mental pressure of competing at the really BIG international events. It's worth pointing out that Finlandia Trophy in October 2006 (in which Jaana first saw Abbott skate live) was only Abbott's second international competition and he won it (after having bombed his senior international debut the year before AND then failing to qualify for 2006 Nationals). Relative to Weir and Lysacek, Abbott was a VERY "late bloomer" as a competitor -- for example, after he won the 2005 U.S. Junior title he turned 19 that June, and so was too old for the Junior Grand Prix and Junior Worlds. The Junior circuit is an extremely useful "training ground" for skaters to develop an international reputation and to gain competitive experience, and Abbott never had this valuable early opportunity that Lysacek and Weir had. Following Abbott's first Nationals at the Senior level in 2007, his senior international career really started, and he has competed in a total of 17 international competitions (excluding made-for-TV competitions and invitational or team events): 2 Senior Bs, 6 Grand Prix events, 2 GP Finals, 3 Four Continents, 3 Worlds, and 1 Olympics.
Originally Posted by Jaana
Lysacek, by contrast, competed in his first Nationals at the senior level in 2001 (at age 15), and I counted 41 international competitions (excluding made-for-TV and invitational events): 1 Junior comp., 8 JGP events, 3 JGP Finals, 3 Junior Worlds, 12 Grand Prix events, 2 GP Finals, 6 Four Continents, 4 Worlds, and 2 Olympics.
On the other hand Lysacek was kind of a late bloomer on the senior level, as his first Worlds were the 2005 ones, I believe? He was almost 20 in that time. Compared to other recent and current US male skaters he has though succeeded really well in Worlds: In 3 out of 4 WC events he won a medal.
Originally Posted by Sylvia
Last edited by Jaana; 06-21-2010 at 12:11 PM.
I dont see Abbott ever making the breakthrough on the World stage. I think he is already being seen as someone who had his chances and didnt take advantage of them. Coming off his U.S titles in 2009 and 2010, and Grand Prix title in 2009 as well, he was in perfect position to shoot for a World title and Olympic medal and look what happened. Look at his in his short program at the 2010 Worlds too, he skated great and this time he was just dumped by the judges. I think they feel he has already had enough chances, and he is going to have to work hard before they give him another one.