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Jason Brown poses for photographers on the medals podium after the men's competition during the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Photo)
Jason Brown poses for photographers on the medals podium after the men's competition during the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Photo) (Matthew Stockman / Getty Images)

When: Feb. 13, short; Feb. 14, free.

Best of the U.S.: Four-time and current national champion Jeremy Abbott, 28, and rising star Jason Brown, 19.

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Best of the rest: Canada's Patrick Chan, winner of last three world titles and fifth-place finisher in the 2010 Winter Games; Japanese phenom Yuzuru Hanyu, 19; Javier Fernandez, first Spanish skater to win European (two titles) and world medals (bronze in 2013). Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, a silver-medal sensation at last year's worlds but injured much of this season; inconsistent but artistically brilliant Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, the 2010 silver medalist.

U.S. chances to medal: Slim. Abbott has been a bust in previous worlds and Olympics. Without a quad, Brown likely needs to be flawless to make the top five.

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Little-known fact: A Hanyu victory would mean Canada's Brian Orser has coached foreigners to gold in the last two Olympics, having guided women's champ Yuna Kim in 2010.

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