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Abbott wins 2nd US title, Vancouver Games up next

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Jeremy Abbott has won his second straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and is on his way to the Olympic Games.

Joining him will be world champion Evan Lysacek and, likely, Johnny Weir. The team will be announced later Sunday, but it's hard to imagine U.S. officials will deviate from the final results. Abbott won with 263.66 points, a whopping 25 ahead of Lysacek. Weir was actually fifth in the free skate behind Ryan Bradley and Adam Rippon, but he'd built up a big enough lead in the short program to stay on the podium.

Abbott showed off his entire arsenal, doing a quadruple toe, a triple axel-triple toe combination and a three-jump combo. His overall skating was dazzling, maintaining power and grace all the way to the end.

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