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U. S. Figure Skating Championships: Surprises in the ladies short

It has been an interesting and exciting day of figure skating at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. From the pairs earlier today, to the ladies this evening, people are still scratching their heads in disbelief.

Gracie Gold skates in the short program during the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The ladies brought the drama this evening that left viewers excited, bewildered, nervous and wondering what will happen on Saturday night at the ladies free skate. At this point, it feels like just about anything can happen.

Mirai Nagasu has been working hard this season for a come back, after just missing the podium at the 2010 Olympic Games. She skated so beautifully and reminded everyone how incredible she really is when she is at her best. It was phenomenal and very unexpected to see her skate like that again and she was awarded well for it putting her currently in third place. She is now put herself back up in the mix for not only the podium, but for another Olympic Games. Hopefully she can hold it together for the free skate where she will really be tested.

Currently in second place is Polina Edmunds who jumped her way there by landing a nice triple lutz-triple toe combo. Polina is new to the scene as this is her senior ladies debut, but she is the reining junior U.S. Champion and she has a ton of spark and potential, but lacks senior level experience. It will be interesting to see how she does with the pressure of the spotlight.

When Gracie Gold stepped out onto the ice she look composed, calm and ready to skate. With her new short program along with her new coach behind her, she skated brilliantly landing a triple lutz-triple toe combination. She now holds a record breaking ladies short program score of 72.12, which will make it extremely difficult for anyone to catch her even if she does falter in the free skate. So will her nerves get the best of her or will she continue this calm and cool disposition? It will be exciting to watch and find out.

So where’s Ashley Wagner, the reigning two-time U.S. Champion? She’s in fourth, which isn’t too bad, but it’s also not great. If she wants to catch Gracie and keep her national title for the third year in a row, she will need to come back with some serious fire that includes a clean triple-triple combination. The interesting thing is that Ashley had a solid short program, but she did not do her triple-triple combo in the short and she had a few rough landings, which she is paying for. Now she will need to play some catch up if she hopes to make that podium and keep her title.

For the ladies in second, third and fourth place, only one to two points separate them, so they still have a chance at making the podium and the Olympic Team. It will be a fight to the finish that will continue on Saturday on NBC. Check your local listing for exact times and dates. You will not want to miss this roller coaster, that has so far been the ladies event.

Current short program standings:

1. Gracie Gold - 72.12 WATCH

2. Polina Edmunds - 66.75

3. Mirai Nagasu - 65.44 WATCH

4. Ashley Wagner - 64.71 WATCH

5. Ashley Cain - 61.45

6. Christina Gao - 60.91

7. Hannah Miller - 57.49

8. Leah Keiser - 57.41

9. Mariah Bell - 56.72

10. Barbie Long - 55.55

11. Samantha Cesario - 54.88

12. Angela Wang - 54.40

13. Agnes Zawadzki - 54.18

14. Kiri Baga - 54.02

15. Franchesca Chiera - 52.81

16. Courtney Hicks - 51.69

17. Joelle Forte - 50.53

18. Vanessa Lam - 48.98

19. Caroline Zhang - 47.87

20. Rachael Flatt - 46.57

21. Yasmin Siraj - 44.87

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