[caption id="attachment_79045" align="aligncenter" width="592"] Figure Skater Jeremy Abbott falls in competition[/caption]
Jeremy Abbott falls to the wayside at Olympics team skating
The first competitions in the 2014 Sochi Olympic games came in team figure skating. Abbott has been an American champion. However, he also has a reputation for taking a fall in high-powered international competition due to nerves. His Thursday, Feb. 6 performance proved no exception. The Detroit Skating Club star hit the ice, literally, and took a fall resulting in a low score.
All is not lost for the Americans, however, as pairs skaters Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir put on a solid performance sending the U.S. team into a fifth place tie with France and Germany. They're nine points behind host Russia. Abbott and the pairs team were considered weak links on the team, though. The good news for Wagner is now she has an opportunity to step up and prove herself on the world stage. She finished a disappointing fourth last month at the U.S. championships, but was selected to the team anyway by U.S. Figure Skating officials.