Ashley Wagner battles triple jump in figure skating short program


(Associated Press)

Two-time U.S. Champion Ashley Wagner moved into fifth in the women’s short program at the Sochi Games, with three skaters yet to compete, after getting docked points for an under-rotated opening combination.

She earned full credit for her triple flip but didn’t get fully around on the triple toe that followed. Still, Wagner skated on gamely, staging a powerful performance to Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” The triple-triple has been Wagner’s biggest challenge this season and something she must include in both her short and long programs to have any shot at the podium in her Olympic debut.

Defending Olympic champion Kim Yu-na leads after the shortprogram, followed closely by Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova. Kim, who has been hampered by injuries since winning gold in Vancouver, was awarded 74.92 points, and Sotnikova received 74.64. Italy’s Carolina Kostner stood third with 74.12.

Gracie Gold, who won the U.S. championship last month, is fourth (68.63). Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia (65.23), considered a favorite after her strong performances during the team competition last week, is fifth after falling during one of her jumps.

The women’s free skate will take place Thursday.

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