Ashley Wagner began her path of redemption today, February 8, proving to herself and the world that she is worthy to be on the Olympic Team. The pressure was on for her as her performance would determine if Team USA would make the figure skating team event final, and she came through.
Ashley skated a strong performance that included a triple flip-triple toe combination, but it was considered under rotated. Even still it was a step in the right direction as she delivered a solid performance landing her in fourth place and giving Team USA another seven points.
"I'm really pleased at what I was able to accomplish out there," Ashley told the media,"The entire program was about redemption for me."
When asked about her score she responded, "I know what I'm capable of and what this program is capable of. I don't agree with the marks, but that's what the individual event is for. I will just have to take a look at protocols."
Ashley's performance puts Team USA into third place going into the finals where the free skates will be performed in each of the disciplines. The pairs free skate will continue today.
Team Russia is currently in the lead after a brilliant performance by Julia Lipnitskaia. Only 15-years-old this young skater was absolutely fabulous and will be a definite contender in the individual event.
Keeping Team Italy in the running, was a stunning skate by Carolina Kostner who came in second place with a dazzling performance to Ava Maria.
Japan's Mao Asada attempted her triple axel and under rotated the jump and fell, putting Asada into a surprising third place. The miss on the triple axel really hurt her, but Team Japan is still in the running for the final.
It should be an exciting event to the finish as the first team figure skating medals will be awarded tomorrow after the free skates. The pairs free skate begins today with the ice dance, mens and ladies free skate set for tomorrow. So stay tuned as the drama continues to unfold.
Team Event: Ladies short programs standings
1. Julia Lipnitskaia RUS - 72.90
2. Carolina Kostner ITA - 70.84
3. Mao Asada JPN - 64.07
4. Ashley Wagner USA - 63.10
5. Kaetlyn Osmond CAN - 62.54
6. Mae Berenice Meite FRA - 55.45
7. Kexin Zhang CHN - 54.58
8. Natalia Popova UKR - 53.44
9. Nathalie Weinzierl GER - 52.16
10. Jenna McCorkell GBR - 50.09
Overall Team Standings after the ladies short:
1. Russia - 37
2. Canada - 32
3. United States - 27
4. Japan - 24
5. Italy - 23
6. France - 22
7. China - 20
8. Germany - 17
9. Ukraine - 10
10. Great Britain - 8