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Three-time champ Jeremy Abbot highlights men’s nationals

Jan 25, 2013, 1:55 PM EST

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The competition in Omaha might seem a bit lackluster after Vancouver gold medalist Evan Lysacek and three-time national champ Johnny Weir have recently pulled out of the event. But with Jeremy Abbot aiming for his fourth title in five years, there’s still plenty to be excited about.

“I’m actually feeling good,” he told the OC Register. “It’s actually been a lot of work getting my back feeling good again. I really feel like I’m building some momentum. I want two solid programs, make the team, and then put everything I have into Worlds.”

A fourth U.S. title would put Abbot, who nearly bowed out of the event due to lower back problems, in the elite company of gold medalists Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, and Dick Button.

The 27-year-old admitted that he won’t be throwing a quad jump in his short program Friday night, but will have a quad toe loop for during his long program on Sunday. So, you know, get excited.