Jeremy Abbott was reminding himself to feel his legs, the pressure of the moment weighing on him.
Then he heard the chants from the Boston crowd: "5 ... 4 ... 3 ..." Abbott hurried to the center of the ice at TD Garden, and when his music started just before the countdown clock expired, he thought, "Thank God I'm not disqualified."
Better than that: He's a four-time U.S. figure skating champion and a repeat Olympian.
Abbott steeled himself through the nerves in his free skate Sunday to win at his final nationals. Teenager Jason Brown was second, earning the Americans' second spot in Sochi.
"It wasn't a perfect skate, but, I enjoyed every moment of it," Abbott said.
Defending champion Max Aaron was third. The top-two finishers didn't automatically qualify for the Olympics, but U.S. Figure Skating officials stuck with the standings in picking the team later Sunday.
The 28-year-old Abbott, who had a cushion of nearly 13 points on Aaron after the short program, is the 11th man to win at least four U.S. titles, a list that includes Dick Button, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Todd Eldredge.
The U.S. has three spots in ice dancing for the Sochi Games, and top-three finishers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani were picked.
Tahoe freeski stars David Wise and Maddie Bowman won the half-pipe competition at Breckenridge, Colo., to mathematically earn berths on the U.S. team.
Both skiers duplicated their victories last month at Breckenridge to qualify for Sochi. Olympic qualification is based on the competitors' two best scores in five events.
Brita Sigourney of Carmel finished fourth after winning last week at Cooper Mountain.
U.S. snowboard officials have plans in place to run substitute Olympic qualifying events for halfpipe and slopestyle if it needs them to fill out its five-contest selection schedule. The finals for the third of five snowboard competitions, scheduled for Breckenridge, were canceled Saturday because of stormy conditions.
Some athletes said they'd protest that decision in hopes that qualifying results would stand. USSA is holding the fourth and fifth qualifiers in Mammoth Lakes this week and said it was prepared to hold a replacement contest, as well.
Nick Cunningham's rough patch continued on the track at St. Moritz, Switzerland, where he crashed in the World Cup four-man bobsled competition after posting the third-best time in the first run.
The Monterey driver was on pace for a breakout finish, but a mistake lower on the track caused the sled to flip over. Brakeman Dallas Robinson wasn't able to hang on in the final corner, and the team was disqualified for not crossing the finish with all four crew members.
"This hurts the team morale a bit, but we have a couple more races to go," driver Steven Holcomb said in a statement.
Cunningham, 28, is trying to help the Americans qualify three sleds in both competitions.
Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley and Stacey Cook of Mammoth Lakes missed gates in the super-G run and failed to finish a super-combined World Cup race in Altenmarkt, Austria. The U.S. women are struggling without injured star Lindsey Vonn.
Staff writer Elliott Almond and The Associated Press contributed to this report.