Ashley Wagner did not disappoint expectations and now leads the short program with 60.61. Her program is very interesting and she interprets that manignificently. She started with a beautiful triple flip-double toe with arms up, then a secure double axel and a slightly bobbling triple loop (double footed).
Adelina Sotnikova of Russia is in second place with 58.93 despite a not so brilliant skating. She opened with a good triple toe-triple toe, but popped her triple flip. The other elements were quite good, including a solid double axel and all evel four spins.
The surprise of the night, Christina Gao ranked third with a beautiful and elegant short program. Her skating was very polish and she landed a triple toe-triple toe a triple loop out of turns and a double axel. She scored 56.63.
Alena Leonova who was one of the favourites for a podium finish dropped in 9th after a struggled short program. She popped the second jump in a planned triple toe-triple toe and doubled her triple flip. She received her score of 46.72 in tears at the kiss and cry.
One interesting fact can be noticed element's level wise as anybody in the competition received a level two for step sequence except Viktoria Helgesson that got a level four.
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