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Jeremy Abbott finds strength to finish after fall, Jason Brown advances to free skate finals

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SOCHI, Russia - The talk of US figure skating right now is a newcomer who lives and trains in Monument, Colo. and a veteran from Aspen who showed that inspiring moments at the Olympics aren't only about a win.

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JEREMY ABBOTT

He fell hard in the short program and hurt himself.

"I didn't know if I could get up but I heard the crowd chanting," skater Jeremy Abbot said. "I knew I had to do everything I could to catch up with the music and keep going."

There is a stream of messages for him on Twitter from fans saying his determination is the mark of a true champion.

It is difficult for the parents of Olympians who watch their children struggle on such a pressure packed world stage.

"Every time there is a bad skate, my husband and I know we have to say something but we don't know what to say," Abbott's mom, Allison Scott said.

She said it doesn't get any easier over time.

"It is a battle every time," Allison said.

This time, she said "I know you didn't have the skate you wanted but you have to be proud of what you did."

JASON BROWN

Jason Brown, a 19-year-old who lives in Monument is the only skater in the top six who does not have a quadruple jump. What he does have is precision, personality and plenty of talent to earn a medal. After the short program he was just one point from the bronze medal.

Brown said he can't believe how his year is ending.

"A year ago, I didn't think I was going to skate in seniors let alone make the Olympic team."

Kori Ade has been his coach since he was 7. She believed it was possible.

"She kept telling me it was possible, and it was a process for me to believe her," Brown said.

He says he has gained more confidence over the year and is thrilled to be part of team USA.

"It means so much to share this moment with them. They are the people I have looked up to, I am their biggest fan," Brown said.

Brown still says he feels like someone should pinch him.

"To be able to be with them is so incredible," Brown said.

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