FROM US FIGURE SKATING:
THREE U.S. LADIES IN TOP SEVEN AFTER SHORT PROGRAM
(2/19/14) - After the ladies short program at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, all three members of Team USA are inside the top seven positions. Gracie Gold leads the way in fourth, Ashley Wagner in sixth and Polina Edmunds is in seventh.
In a bright red dress, Gold made her Olympic short program debut and earned 68.63 points. She started her program with a triple Lutz-triple toe, where she fought out an impressive landing, before back-to-back spins into an exquisite triple loop. In addition to her elements, Gold also received 32.08 points for her components in her "Piano Concerto" skate. Her placement has earned her a spot in the coveted final group of the event Thursday.
Performing her "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" short program for the second time at these Games, Wagner improved by more than two points over her performance in the team event. She opened with a triple flip-triple toe, which was downgraded, but then executed her remaining elements with ease and grace. Her 33.78 points for her components helped her to 65.23 points. Wagner will also skate in the final group of the free skate.
The first of the American ladies to skate, Edmunds dazzled in her yellow dress to a Cha Cha themed skate. In both her Olympic debut and her senior international debut, Edmunds earned a season-best score of 61.04 points. Opening with a triple Lutz-triple toe, Edmunds then landed a strong triple flip. She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and earned a further 28.06 points for her components. She will perform her Peer Gynt free skate on Thursday night.
Next up, the final figure skating competitive night of the Olympics will take place with the ladies free skate, beginning at 10 a.m. ET Thursday. Gold will perform her free skate for the second time at these Games. Wagner will debut her Samson and Delilah program and Edmunds will showcase her free skate for the first time at the Olympics. For more information, including recaps, photos and results, visit icenetwork.com.
The networks of NBC and NBCOlympics.com will broadcast live, tape delayed and primetime coverage of all 11 days of figure skating competition. The live coverage concludes with the final day on NBC Sports Network and online at NBCOlympics.com on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET. NBC will also provide coverage of figure skating during primetime. See the chart below for a schedule of broadcast times.
2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES NBC PRIMETIME BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)