Jeremy Abbott had a spotless skating performance Friday night, highlighted by three picture-perfect jumps, smooth spins and almost celebratory footwork in a short program victory Friday night at the U.S. Championships.
He set a U.S. record for points with 99.86 as the 28-year-old dominated the competition.
"I went through all my history here," Abbott said. "I tried to live all of it but stay in the moment and just enjoy what I was doing, each crossover, each step. I really did that. This is a night I'm never going to forget."
With another routine like his short program, he'll be America's No. 1 contender at the Sochi Olympics. Abbott, looking to reach his second Olympics, built a lead of 7.82 points over Richard Dornbush. Jason Brown was third heading into Sunday's free skate.
Snowboard star Shaun White had to wait a day to see if he qualifies for the Sochi Games in the new slopestyle event after competition was postponed because of heavy snow at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colo.
The third of five Olympic qualifying events was moved to Breckenridge from White's home base at Northstar-at-Tahoe because of a lack of snow in the Sierra Nevada. But a storm Friday made it too difficult to hold the event.
White might compete in two finals Saturday because of the schedule change. The halfpipe final still is expected to be held Saturday after the slopestyle competition.
The men's and women's freeskiing slopestyle finals Friday were canceled. Results from the preliminary rounds were used for World Cup points.
Trevor Jacob of Mammoth Lakes was the top U.S. finisher at a snowboardcross World Cup race in Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra. Jacob, 20, finished eighth while Nate Holland of Tahoe City was 11th in his comeback from a shoulder surgery. Extreme sports legend Shaun Palmer, 45, of South Lake Tahoe, was 39th.
Lily Sun of San Mateo won the bronze medal in the intermediate ladies and Dinh Tran of San Francisco, second after the short program, fell to sixth in the men's intermediate competition at the U.S. figure skating championships in Boston. Amy Lin of Fremont was sixth in the junior ladies while ice dancers Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fast of San Jose were 12th in the short program. Meryl Davis and Charlie White broke their record with 80.69 points to open a big lead in the ice dancing short program.
Campbell's Elliana Pogrebinsky, with partner Ross Gudis, took fifth in junior ice dance. Cali Fujimoto of Hillsborough and Nick Barsi-Rhyne of Los Gatos finished 10th in junior pairs.
Bode Miller has been cleared to race in all five Alpine events at the Sochi Olympics, including defending his super-combined title.
After taking a break because of poor results, Lake Tahoe Olympian Julia Mancuso will compete in her first alpine race of the year Saturday in a women's downhill in Austria. Stacey Cook of Mammoth Lakes also is entered in the race.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.