*2013 U.S. bronze medalist
*Three-time U.S. champion (2009, '10, '12)
*Placed ninth at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
*2008 Grand Prix Final champion
*Two-time Four Continents bronze medalist (2007, '11)
*2005 U.S. junior champion
Started skating at age 4 after watching Robin Cousins perform in his hometown ... Competed in ice dancing with Amanda Cunningham (1995-96) and Katie Hoffmaster (1997-98), and in pairs with Brittany Vise (1998-99) and Krystal Sorenson (2001-02) ... Former coaches include Peggy Behr (1993-99) and Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin (1999-2009) ... Participated in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program ... Overcame a stress fracture in his lower back during the summer of 2003.
Sisters is Gwen Abbott Aaron Kot ... Parents are Allison and Allen Scott, and Danny Abbott ... Started a fund with the Aspen Skating Club to support competitive local male figure skaters ... Graduated Cheyenne Mountain H.S. (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in 2004 ... Mother is the director of communications at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs ... Gwen was a national-level downhill ski racer and competed in the X-Games for extreme skiing.
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IN MY WORDS
I look up to ... all Olympians for their work and dedication to their respectives sports, as well as their ability to lay everything they have out on the biggest stage for the entire world to see and judge.
My favorite thing about being a figure skater is ... the mixture of athleticism and art.
My favorite thing about performing is ... my ability to express something to audiences by doing the one thing I love most in my life.
The best moment of my figure skating career thus far was ... the moment I finished my performance at the 2010 U.S. Championships and knew that I was going to be an Olympian.
Things to do on a day off: Sleep and eat
Ways to relax: Watch television or Netflix or read
Olympic sports: Diving and aerials
Program of my career: I think it changes from year to year. Each new season I think that the previous season's were the best. I love my "Exogenesis Symphony" free skate a lot because I had a very large part in choreographing it. It was very personal and a huge labor of love for me!
Costume of my career: The costume for my 2012 short program. It was very classic with a few modern twists. I loved the color and the suspenders. I loved the tailoring and how well it fit me and how good I looked in it. I always felt really good whenever I put on that costume.
Gloves or No Gloves
E-Reader or Book
Jump or Spin
Theater or Rental
Homecooking or Restaurant
Treadmill or Trail
Short Program or Free Skate
Pre-competition nap: Yes
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