The U.S. ladies took to the ice, completing their short programs today, Feb. 19 at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. All three ladies, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds managed to stay on their feet, complete some solid elements and show the strength of ladies figure skating within the United States.
Youngster, Polina Edmunds was first to skate from the U.S. and she skated a clean program. Nailing each of her jumps, Polina skated with energy and enthusiasm and is currently in seventh place. It has certainly been a strong start to her Olympic debut.
"It was definitely fun to skate on the Olympic ice like that," Polina said to the media, "I was hoping I skated a good program, a clean program, and I did. I just wanted them to see what I could do in the elements and I'm happy they (judges) recognized that."
Despite her nerves, Gracie Gold, also had a solid skate, holding onto a triple lutz-triple toe combination. She fought for each of her jumps, and skated wonderfully putting her in fourth place and in medal contention. Gracie has truly been transformed this season, as in times past nerves would have gotten the best of her, but today she is able to overcome them.
"I was definitely nervous before and felt sick to my stomach," Gracie admitted to the media, "I had to refocus and stick to my job."
A confident Ashley Wagner took to the ice skating with intensity and sass. She performed each of her elements well, except under-rotated the back end of her triple flip-triple toe combination, placing her just 0.02 points behind Julia Lipnitskaia. Ashley is currently in sixth place and about nine points away from the top three frontrunners.
"The downgrade was nerves," Ashley said to the media, "It's going out there and skating. I have nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain."
It was a strong showing for the U.S. ladies today as Edmunds is in 7th, Wagner in 6th and Gold in 4th. After today's short program it is clear that anything can happen, and one of these ladies might just find themselves up on that podium after the free skate, tomorrow February 20.