American figure skater Jeremy Abbott will be known for two things after these Sochi Olympics -- his spectacular fall in the short program and his profanity-laced rant after the free skate.
On Friday, the 28-year-old unloaded on his critics who called him a choker.
"I would just hold my middle finger in the air and say a big 'F you' to everyone who has ever said that to me because they have never stood in my shoes," Abbott told reporters.
He was just getting warmed up.
"They've never had to do what I had to do. Nobody has to stand centre ice before a million people and put an entire career on the line for eight minutes of their life when they've been doing it for 20-some years. And if you don't think that that's not hard, you're a damn idiot.
"So some people can handle it better than others, but everyone has that mental struggle, everyone goes through the same doubts. I am not alone. They just come at different times and different moments. Some people have their moment at the Olympics, and some have theirs at the national championships.
"I'm proud to be standing here. I'm a four-time national champion and a two-time Olympian, and no one can take that away from me. So whatever people have to say about me, that's their own problem because I'm freaking proud of what I've done and I'm not going to apologize for any of it."
Abbott tumbled out of contention in Thursday's short after crashing hard into the boards. He lay on the ice for several seconds before pulling himself back up and finishing his routine.
He finished the event in 12th place with 232.70 points.