The somewhat shuffled deck of the leaderboard after Wednesday's short program should give U.S. skaters Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds oxygen at all of their respective altitudes going into Thursday's free skate.
New coach. New routine. Controversial nationals result. No, the past six months haven't been exactly easy for Ashley Wagner. But the skating star is ready to face her latest challenge -- proving doubters wrong at the Sochi Olympics.
While much of the discussion on the men's side revolves around whether quadruple jumps are necessary to reach Sochi, the women's competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be a mental game.
For one night, not having an American on the podium at the World Figure Skating Championships was all right. Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold did something more important Saturday -- secure three berths for the 2014 Olympics.