For the second consecutive Olympics, no American stood on the podium in women's figure skating. But the three U.S. athletes here, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds, already have their sights set on 2018.
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.
From Lolo Jones and the U.S. bobsledding team (drama?) to the U.S. women finally getting their chance to compete in ski jumping (hold on to your uteruses!), Julie Foudy shares her top storylines for the Sochi Olympics.
Olympic selection rules allow for a skater to be named to the team even if she does not finish among the top three at nationals. If Ashley Wagner doesn't podium after Saturday's free skate, should she be on the squad anyway?
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.