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February 6, 2014

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Live, Meryl Davis and Charlie White comforted and cheered their fellow Americans on a tough first night of competition for the U.S. in the new Olympic event of team figure skating.

Nice to have their support, no doubt. But the biggest pick-me-up they can provide? Two dazzling performances in ice dancing.

The United States team was tied for the fifth-most points after the Thursday short programs for the men and pairs, technically resting in seventh after tiebreakers.

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Only the top five countries advance to the free skates, a cut made after the women and ice dancers complete their short programs. But the Americans are hardly in a precarious position, because they boast the reigning world ice dancing champs in Davis and White.

Russia leads with 19 points, and the other favorite, Canada, has 17. The U.S. earned just 10 on Thursday, but has better balance then most of the squads ahead of it and two wins from its ice dancers would be worth 20 points.

Still, after the falls and botched jumps from U.S. champions Jeremy Abbott and the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, bronze may be the team’s best hope.

For Abbott, it was yet another rocky performance at a major international event. A four-time U.S. champ, he has never captured that magic on the biggest of stages. Before the 2010 Olympics, he beat Evan Lysacek at nationals, only to finish ninth in Vancouver while his compatriot won gold.

Thursday’s short program looked a lot like his first outing at the games four years ago, with Abbott crashing into the boards after falling on his opening quad jump. Yet he insisted this was completely different.

He dubbed the team event a “run through.” Afterward, he said he told himself: “All right, I had my Olympic disaster, and now I can move on and do what I came here to do.”

That’s the individual event, which starts next Thursday.

“I really wanted to pull out a win for my friends and for my family. That was very important to me. I’m torn apart I couldn’t do that for them,” he said. “But for me, I feel like it was a very positive step. You’re all going to think I’m crazy. I just fell on my butt and did a horrible program.

“But I have another chance next week.”

Abbott finished with 65.65 points, seventh among the men, after managing only a single axel on a planned triple. U.S. runner-up Jason Brown is likely to replace him in Sunday’s free skate, a switch allowed by the rules in two of the four disciplines.

Two-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner plans to do the short program Saturday, though she’s coming off a mistake-marred free skate of her own at nationals. The pairs free skate is also Saturday. The event wraps up Sunday with the men’s, women’s and ice dance long programs.

Castelli and Shnapir, in their first Olympics, were fifth among the pairs with a personal-best 64.25 points in an international event. Castelli fell and Shnapir put his hand down on their side-by-side triple salchows, but they were solid enough overall to solidify the Americans’ spot in the standings after Abbott’s scuffles.

“For making two mistakes in our jumps and still getting our season best and personal best, we’re thrilled with that final score,” said Shnapir, who was born in Russia but moved to the U.S. as a toddler, “and we know we can score much, much higher with a clean program.”

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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Live: This was not supposed to be the United States’ best night of the inaugural Olympic team competition. The men and the pairs were expected to fare worse Thursday night than the American women and ice dancers Saturday night.

But it was never supposed to be as bad as this.

Jeremy Abbott, the four-time U.S. men’s champion, was just awful. He fell on his quad, turned a planned triple-triple combination jump into a triple-double and popped his triple axel into thin air.

He buried his head in his hands after finishing at the Iceberg Skating Palace. It was the appropriate reaction.

This wasn’t any old typical Abbott international meltdown, such as his terrible ninth-place finish at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. This was worse. He didn’t just let himself down. He let his team down. He put the Americans, who are favored to win a medal, in a big hole. But not an insurmountable one. There are two nights left, a cut to be made and a few nations who have nowhere near the depth the United States has across all four disciplines.

But still, Abbott’s showing was a total embarrassment. Never one to be able to master his nerves, he picked the worst possible time to perform horribly.

After saying he was “torn apart” by his short program, he then uttered one of the most confounding lines in figure skating history:

“For me, I think it was a very positive step. You’re all going to think I’m crazy.”

Yes, we are.

“You know, like, I just fell on my butt. I have another chance. I’ve been skating extremely consistently here. I think I just needed to kind of like work out the bugs, shake off the demons.”

That comment just won the Olympic gold medal for utter self-absorption. Abbott has almost no chance to win a medal in the packed men’s event, not even if he skates very well. His best chance — every American’s best chance, except for gold-medal favorites Meryl Davis and Charlie White – is in the team event.

If the United States doesn’t win the bronze medal in the team event, it could very well come down to Abbott’s debacle of an opening skate Thursday night, Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Live.

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