Sunday, January 2, 2011

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 20 Days!

Ashley Wagner (SC of Wilmington)

  • 2007 US Junior Bronze Medalist
  • 2008 US Bronze Medalist
  • 2009 US Nationals 4th
  • 2009 Grand Prix Final 4th
  • 2010 US Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 Cup of Russia Bronze Medalist

Ashley is one of those skaters who is always on the cusp of greatness, but just never quite makes it to the top. After being the only US lady to qualify for the Grand Prix Final last season, she looked poised to make the Olympic team but came up just short at Nationals placing 3rd. Of the top four ladies in the United States, the others being Mirai Nagasu, Rachael Flatt, and Alissa Czisny, Ashley is the only one who has yet to win a National title and this just may be the year. She is coming off of a strong performance and a bronze medal at Cup of Russia and she also got a nice two month break after the Grand Prix to prepare for Nationals. She calls herself a "free skater" as that is usually her stronger of the two programs so if she can keep from getting too far behind in the short, her free skating abilities may put her atop the podium this year in Greensboro. She will need to be clean in both programs though because Rachael Flatt is the Queen of consistency, and both Mirai Nagasu and Alissa Czisny are able to achieve high scores even with mistakes based on the quality of most of their elements and their program components. 

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