BOSTON -- Three-time winner Jeremy Abbott set a national record for the short program Friday night, putting his second Olympic berth within reach.
Abbott won the event with 99.86 points at the U.S. Championships, shattering his own mark of 90.23. He has a 7.82-point margin over Richard Dornbush heading into Sunday's free skate.
The top two men will go to Sochi next month. Abbott was the 2010 U.S. champ, but finished ninth at the Vancouver Games as countryman Evan Lysacek won gold.
Earlier, world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White danced within range of their sixth straight U.S. title by romping in the short dance. Indeed, the current world champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists could have danced all night and never been caught.
The free dance is Saturday.