Detroit Skating Club's Jeremy Abbott inspires crowd in Sochi

By Meaghan St. Pierre, Producer, @MegStPierre
Published On: Feb 14 2014 07:12:31 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 15 2014 10:37:09 AM EST

It wasn't the fairy tale ending Jeremy Abbott might have dreamed about before he arrived in Sochi, Russia, but his final Olympic skate was certainly something he seemed proud of when it was finished.

"I didn't go out today to try to inspire anybody. I'm very proud of the way I finished the competition," Abbott said.

Abbott skated a clean program Friday and came in 12th overall.

He came back after suffering a terrible fall during his short program on Thursday. Abbott fell while attempting his first jump in his short program and hit the boards.  He took several moments before getting back up and continuing to skate.   The crowd cheered him on to finish his program.

"I wasn't going to give up. I wanted to finish with my head held high," said Abbott about whether he thought about withdrawing.

He suffered a right hip injury because of the fall.  He said he is bruised from his hip bones to his ribs and couldn't do loops in practice Friday so they took them out of the program.

"I wasn't going to give up after yesterday. I was proud of my effort. Today, I literally wrote down my goals and then Yuko (SATO, his coach) erased them. She said, 'You're here to skate,'" said Abbott.

As for whether he will compete in the World Championships, Abbott said he is going to take the rest of the Olympics off and figure out what to do after that.

Patrick Chan of Canada, who trains at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills along with Abbott, won the silver medal.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the gold.

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