U.S. men stumble in skate short program

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Jeremy Abbott

Jeremy Abbott during the men's short program at the World Figure Skating Championships Friday. (Vincent Kessler / Reuters / March 30, 2012)

The good news is Johnny Weir tweeted Friday morning he was skipping an ice gala to train for his comeback.

The better news would be for USFS boss David Raith to get down on his hands and knees and beg Evan Lysacek to come back.

There is no guarantee either Weir or Lysacek will be the answer.

But Lysacek almost always matched or exceeded expectations in big events - first and fourth in two Olympics; first, fifth, third, third in his four senior worlds, with the fifth in 2007 the only sub-par effort.

And now U.S. men are left to make silk purses out of sows' ears.

"I tried to stay in the moment and enjoy the performance as best I could, smile and get the audience clapping and enjoying their time," Abbott said Friday. "I did have fun, but when I hit the end, and it sinks in, I was disappointed."

For Abbott, such disappointment is sub-par for the course.









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