Wagner’s beautifully executed her Free Skate to ends U.S. ladies’ world medal drought
Ashley Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion (2012-13, 2015), the 2016 U.S. bronze medalist, has won that elusive World Championship medal. Wagner skated the program of her life in the Free Skate, earning her a score of 142.23 and a silver medal ending the United States’ 10-year women’s world championship podium drought.
“My two experiences in here were equally as dramatic, and this is definitely the one I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Wagner, who was placed on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team by a committee vote after she finished a shocking fourth at the U.S. trials in the Garden.
This time around, only a world-record setting performance by Russian teenagerEvgenia Medvedeva stood between the 24-year-old Wagner and the gold medal. Medvedeva, 16, the reigning European champion who has had an exemplary first season in skating’s senior division, skated an expressive and flawless long program for a total of 150.10 points, beating Yuna Kim’s winning score of 150.06 at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.