Lysacek didn't really draw more attention to the sport in the USA, and he's the World and Olympic Champion. Weir made himself popular but he didn't really draw that many more people to competitive skating, at least in my opinion. I know some people from the bar I work at who watched the Olympics to see Johnny, only watched him, and then proceeded to go tell everyone that he is so underrated. LOL. So to answer the question, I don't really think that Abbott or Rippon being extremely successful will help the sport.