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2012 WORLD FIGURE SKA TING CHAMPIONSHIPS


Ashley Wagner


time,” she said. “I cut out a few pieces of chore- ography, because I was focusing on the technical elements. I did what I needed to do and it’s huge for me.” Her free skate started with a triple flip-dou- ble toe-double loop combination, which earned 9.20 points. She followed by landing her double Axel-triple toe combination, but the triple toe was judged under-rotated. Except for an edge call on her triple Lutz, Wagner nailed the rest of her dynamic program, including a pair of level four spins. In the short program, Wagner hit a snag early on when she stepped out of the triple flip in her planned opening combination, and had to improvise a triple loop-double toe combination. “It was a long period between the warm-up and my actual skate,” Wagner said. “My body had cooled down a little bit for the triple-triple. I was thinking on my feet and I skated smart af- ter that, which is the most important thing for a skater to be able to do.” Wagner finished with 176.77 points. Italy’s


Carolina Kostner won the free skate and her first World title with 189.94 points. Russia’s Alena Leonova, the leader after the short program, secured the silver medal with 184.28 points. Ja- pan’s Akiko Suzuki collected the bronze medal with 180.68 points.


Wagner, who trains in California under coaching legend John Nicks, said her perfor- mance at Worlds capped an extraordinary season. “I feel this season, I have been climbing up,


up, up. Tis was a great way to top it off,” she said.


As elated as Wagner was following the event,


her teammate Alissa Czisny was disappointed. Te two-time U.S. titlist, who placed fifth at the 2011 World Championships, simply couldn’t get anything going and finished 22nd overall with 124.11 points. Her jumps deserted her as she fell twice in the short program and five times in the free skate. “I’m not sure what happened today or this


week,” Czisny said. “I came here not feeling as prepared as I wanted to be but I knew I could do everything in the program. I couldn’t find my feet this week.” Czisny suffered a leg injury just before the


start of the Grand Prix Final, which affected the rest of the season. “At nationals, I wasn’t as prepared as I want- ed to be, but I did what I had to do to make it to Worlds,” she said. “I’m feeling healthy and good. I’m confused as to what happened there.”


MEN After skating two superb programs at the SKATING 25 Alissa Czisny


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