Want to wait to see how Virginia’s Ashley Wagner was scored on her first skate during NBC’s evening coverage of the Winter Olympics? Then stop reading now.
Wagner is in sixth place after Wednesday afternoon's short program as women’s figure skating got under way at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
After missing out on the 2010 Games and almost missing out on this year's competition, Wagner calls herself "the almost it girl," but is set to make her Olympic dream come true, says NBC.
Wagner, 22, a West Potomac graduate, has already won a bronze medal in the team skating event at these games.
Her short program, set to Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” has been her strong suit this Olympic season, says the Post.
Skating analysts say the women’s competition's top medal contenders are defending Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea and 2010 silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan, a two-time world champion.
Kim had the top score in the short program today, followed by Russian skater Adelina Sotnikova in second, Italy's Carolina Kostner in third and American Gracie Gold in fourth, according to the Olympics website.
Russian phenom Yulia Lipnitskaya, only 15 years old, was in fifth place, followed by Wagner, who was roughly 9 points behind the leader, Kim. Asada was in 16th place.
The free skate portion of the competition begins at 10 a.m. EST Thursday in Sochi.
A redemptive, powerhouse performance from Wagner
during the team skating competition in Sochi was seen by critics as a return to form after a poor performance at the U.S. National
Championships. But the
routine didn't impress the judges, and the U.S. skater and West
Potomac grad wore her shocked reaction on her face in a photo that went
The photo reminded many observers of an image of U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney looking "not impressed" during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The picture led to a playful recreation by the Olympian and President Barack Obama during a White House visit.