ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Teenager Polina Edmunds holds a large lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after former winners Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold made major mistakes in their short programs.
The 17-year-old Edmunds, a 2014 Olympian, skated cleanly Thursday to score 70.19 points as she seeks her first national title. Gold is second with 62.50 points after she did just one rotation on a planned triple lutz and nearly crashed into the wall on an attempted triple-triple combination, settling for a double toe loop on the second jump.
Tyler Pierce, also 17, is third with 62.45 points. Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion, is fourth with 62.41 after falling on her triple-triple combination.
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Earlier, Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea won the pairs short program.