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Skating champions excited to head to Sochi

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BOSTON -

The momentum before the Olympic Games is accelerating in the United States, with 15 more athletes named to Team USA this weekend.

Get named the national champion in figure skating and the odds are, you've earned a ticket to Sochi.

For the ladies, 18-year-old Gracie Gold lived up to her name when two-time defending national champion Ashley Wagner fell twice in her free skate. Gold had a runaway first-place finish and the honor was announced in her hometown of Boston.

"This is definitely one of the best nights of my life. I was able to do what I train and I just went out there and did what I could," Gold said. "I think for the most part, I left it all on the ice and I'm so proud of myself and I can't thank my support team enough."

On the men's side, Jeremy Abbott's program was not as clean, but still enough to take the top spot.

"It wasn't a perfect skate, but God, I enjoyed every minute of it. I always enjoy this competition more than anything and it's always magic and I always feel it. I'm gonna be sad not to be back on that ice next year, but I'm really excited to go to Sochi. Really, really excited," Abbott said.

In ice dance, defending Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their sixth consecutive national title Saturday. They train in Michigan, earned silver in Vancouver four years ago and are favored for gold.

"Certainly we feel pressure. We're aiming for the top of that Olympic podium. It's very clearly not something that comes easily," Davis said.

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