(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.
(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)