Senior Manager@tlcm_16 When was the last time you were strapped into your ice skates about to perform in front of an arena full of people plus millions tuning in from around the world having your whole career depend on matter of mere minutes? What was that... Never? Didn't think so, and frankly U.S. Olympian Jeremy Abbott agrees with me. "Nobody has to stand center ice in front of a million people and put an entire career on the line for eight minutes of their life when they've been doing it for 20-some years," and "if you think that that's not hard, then you're a damn idiot." He commented to the press in a statement from Sochi, Russia on Friday (February 14th). re-labelling him a 'choker' when it comes to competing; after the 28 year old skater fell at the beginning of his Olympic short program on Thursday (February 13th). But the skater wasn't going to let the fall keep him down. Abbott recovered quickly after slamming into the boards of the rink (thankfully they are padded for the speed skaters) and got up and finished his routine to a major standing ovation from the Russian crowd. "I would just hold my middle finger in the air and say a big 'F you' to everyone who has ever said that to me because they have never stood in my shoes. I'm proud to be standing here. I'm a four-time national champion and a two-time Olympian, and no one can take that away from me. So whatever people have to say about me, that's their own problem because I'm freaking proud of what I've done and I'm not going to apologize for any of it." Overall, the fall only ended up costing Abbott a point deduction from his short program score and he went on to finish the Olympic competition in 12th place with a total of 237.0 points. After the short program Abbott commented, "When I heard the crowd behind me and after me, I have to finish this for them."
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