Breaking down Ashley Wagner's short program score

Fourth-Place Medal

Ashley Wagner had every reason to be dismayed/perplexed after seeing her score during Saturday's team figure skating ladies short program.

Her 63.10 point score was her worst of the season — even lower than the one she got at last month's U.S. Figure Skating Championships — when she had a visible bobble.

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Adding insult to injury, Wagner scored lower than Japan's Mao Asada, who fell on one of her jumps. So where did Wagner lose points? Mostly in the technical elements score.

She took a big deduction on her triple flip-triple toe-loop combination. Her toe-loop was deemed under-rotated, which reduced the value of the jump by 30 percent. On top of that, she also earned a negative grade of execution — which measures the quality of an element — on it.

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So out of a potential 9.2 points, Wagner only earned 6.8.

Wagner also gave up points on her spins. Her flying sit spin and layback spin were both called level 3 out of 4. The higher the level, the more points. In comparison, leader Julia Lipnitskaia had three level 4 spins.

Mao Asada did fall on a jump, but it was the most difficult one attempted by any woman — the triple axel. Asada's program components score (the artistry mark) was higher than Wagner's.

Skaters can review the judges' scores to see where they lost points. Ashley will skate the exact same routine during the ladies short on the 19th. Her goal will be to full rotate her triple-triple combination and get level 4s on all of her spins to keep in the individual medal hunt.


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