Boston (AFP) - Jeremy Abbott captured his fourth men's title at the US Figure Skating Championships on Sunday by finishing second in the free skate final.
Abbott, whose other US crowns came in 2009 and 2010 as well as last year, was a disappointing ninth at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics but figures to have a chance to improve on that performance next month in Sochi.
A US Figure Skating selection panel will decide which two US men will skate in the Olympics without having to follow the meet results.
"I didn't feel like I had to come here and win or have to skate lights out," Abbott said. "I came here to do my job so i can move on to Sochi.
"I have just been driven by such a fire inside."
Jason Brown won the free skate with 182.61 points to 174.41 for Abbott, whose victory in the short program where Brown was third enabled him to capture the overall title with 274.27 points to Brown's runner-up total of 270.08.
Abbott, 28, has announced his retirement from Olympic skating after this season.
"I knew I skated well enough to win and I knew this is my last US nationals," said Abbott. "I just wanted to soak it all in because it's never coming again.
"Four times -- it's so great."
Max Aaron, the defending US champion, was third in the free skate with 173.49 and third overall on 260.44.
American Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic men's champion, ended his Sochi bid last month due to injury.