Jeremy Abbott has withdrawn from Four Continents, which starts February 9th. His place in the US contingent will be taken by Richard Dornbush. There is a lot of discussion on FS Universe about Armin Mahbahnoozadeh not getting the spot after finishing so far ahead of Dornbush at US Nationals.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Abbott has had back spasms which have affected his right hip. His coach, Yuka Sato, says he should be fine for Worlds (but what else would she say)? He will be undergoing treatment in Colorado Springs while Four Continents is going on there.
An article about the field expected for Four Continents:
Here’s hoping that Jeremy’s injury is minor. He has had a long season, and has also had to deal with his stepfather’s health issues since Nationals. I was in San Jose watching Jeremy skate live and only recently returned home. I watched his skate on TV today and could see the spectators turning around to see what the commotion was in the stands when Jeremy’s stepfather collapsed. It’s a good thing Jeremy was in the zone and not distracted by the spectators turning around, because it certainly was noticeable on television. As far as I can determine via the Internet, Mr. Scott is okay.