FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
ALL THREE U.S. LADIES FINISH IN TOP NINE
(2/20/14) - Team USA placed three ladies in the top nine at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Gracie Gold led the way, finishing fourth, followed by Ashley Wagner in seventh, and Polina Edmunds, ninth. All three ladies were making their Olympic debuts, including Edmunds, who made her senior international debut.
After a strong effort in the short program, Gold backed up that performance with a great Sleeping Beauty free skate. Opening with a huge triple Lutz-triple toe, Gold nailed her first five elements with ease before a mistake on her triple flip. Not letting that disrupt her performance, Gold then picked up where she left off for her final five elements. She earned 69.57 points for her elements and a further 68.33 points for her components for a personal best 136.90 points for her free skate. She finished with a personal best score of 205.53 overall.
Skating to Samson and Delilah, changing her program shortly before the Olympics, Wagner delivered a fierce and clean skate in its season debut. Wagner landed six clean triple jumps on the night, including a triple loop-double Axel which earned a program-best 8.69 points. In her new orange dress, she skated to 66.92 points for her components and finished in seventh place with a total of 193.20 points.
At the age of 15, Edmunds was one of the youngest competitors at the Olympic Games, and on the sport's biggest stage, she delivered. After a fun Cha Cha short program, Edmunds skated classically to songs fromPeer Gynt. She opened with back-to-back 10-point elements and only received a negative grade of execution on one of her twelve elements throughout her skate. She earned personal best scores throughout the competition and ended with 183.25 points and a top-10 finish.
The ladies free skate concludes the competition from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. For recaps, photos and results, visit www.icenetwork.com.