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American Figure Skater Jeremy Abbott Falls Badly, Gets Up, Kicks Ass

Abbott shakes off a crash at the very start of his routine.

Jeremy Abbott is a four-time U.S. figure skating champion whose best Olympic or world championship finish is fifth; today, his short program in Sochi started off terribly with a serious-looking fall.

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For a long moment, it looked like Abbott wasn't going to get up.

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But he did.

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And, with the crowd hollering, nailed the rest of his routine.

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There were spins. There were jumps.

There was serious showing-off for the judges.

Did he know he'd pulled it off? OH YEAH.

Not bad. Abbott's currently sitting in fifth place, though there are some very good skaters yet to perform.

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