ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gracie Gold bounced back from a shaky short program with a flawless free skate to win her second U.S. title.
Gold trailed Polina Edmunds by 7.69 points coming into Saturday's long program, but she landed seven triple jumps cleanly and earned high artistic marks to overtake the teenager.
Gold scored 147.96 points for a total of 210.46. The 17-year-old Edmunds had 137.32 points in her free skate for 207.51 total.
Three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner was cruising through her program with just one more jump to land when she did only one rotation of a planned triple lutz. In the end, those lost points didn't matter — she would have finished third behind Gold and Edmunds even with them.