With the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki on full throttle, American contenders Ashley Wagner finished seventh while Karen Chen took the fifth spot in the women’s short program.
The 17-year-old Chen, who won the women’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships two months ago started strong in her worlds debut as she pulled off the best short of her international career with a score of 69.98.
At her seventh world championships, the 2016 World silver medalist Ashley Wagner scored 69.04 points, 4.11 points less than last year, when she came in fourth after the short.
What is Figure skating’s short program by the way?
Let’s say it is a beautiful composition of classical music on ice with the human body being the instrument to play! Spine chilling two minutes and 40 seconds of jumps, spins, and footwork, which is considered one of the toughest competitions to perform at.
Meanwhile, Russian 17-year-old Yevgenia Medvedeva won the short program, gathering a near-perfect 79.01 points in a spellbinding performance which featured a triple flip-triple toe loop jump combination. Now she has become the first repeat women’s world figure skating champion since 2001.
Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond, scoring 75.98 finished second while fellow countrywoman Gabrielle Daleman came in third with 72.19 points.
After the event, an excited Chen said “I am very happy with my performance. I just really wanted to skate a clean short and I just did that and I’m really happy with how everything came together.”
While Wagner said “I think that today is not at all about my placement but my score itself has set me up for a great long program. I know that I am in fighting distance. I really do not have that much to catch up on. The long program is my opportunity to fight.”
The top 24 skaters are headed towards Friday’s free skate competition.