Recognize the handsome fellow in the picture to the left? You likely should-- it’s US Olympic Figure Skater and Team Fox member Jeremy Abbott!
While Abbott has been earning the world’s applause (and a bronze medal!) from Sochi’s stage since the beginning of February, just a few short months ago, the skater’s triple axels and infectious charisma were busy bringing down the house in Aspen, Colorado during Stars on Aspen Ice, his first Team Fox event!
For Abbott, who (prior to Sochi) formally announced his plans to retire following the conclusion of the 2014 season, December's event was an incredibly personal and memorable experience for the skater. In addition to having the chance to perform before a hometown crowd of nearly 700 friends and supporters at the very club where he first learned to skate, Stars on Aspen Ice also provided Jeremy with a chance to honor one of his biggest fans: his father, Danny, who lives with Parkinson’s.
With the help of his sister Gwen—a nationally ranked downhill skier who competed in the 2002 and 2003 Winter X Games—the Abbott siblings put together an exciting evening of performances featuring fellow skaters, former Olympians and members from the local Revolutions Skating Club of Aspen. With a portion of proceeds from ticket sales and a small silent auction generating donations, the evening helped raise both funds and awareness for The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
As Gwen noted, “It was so great to see such a wonderful, hometown crowd come out to support both my brother and Team Fox. The enthusiasm of the crowd was amazing, and the manager of the arena said he had never seen the place so full!”
Congrats to Jeremy and Gwen, we’re grateful for your support!
Editor’s Note: Jeremy Abbott is a four-time US National Champion (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014) and has represented the United States in two Winter Olympics (2010, 2014).