Short program day at Skate Canada 2015 proved a great one for Team USA's Ashley Wagner, who took first place with a personal best score of 70.73. But Oct. 30 wasn't so stellar for other competitors, including reigning world and Grand Prix Final champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia, who struggled through her program and ended the day ranked a devastating seventh.

Ashley Wagner dominates the field

Wagner, a three-time US champion whose spot on the 2014 Olympic team was one of the most hotly contested issues of the Sochi games, finessed her way through a clean routine, and finished the round with a whopping seven-point lead over her nearest competitor, Yuka Nagai (63.35) of Japan.

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Nagai's countrywoman Kanako Murakami sits in third (59.79), and Canadian Kaetyn Osmond is fourth with a 59.21.

The rest of the field ranks as follows, heading into the Oct. 31 free skate:

  • 5. Polina Edmunds, USA, 56.85
  • 6. Joshi Helgesson, Sweden, 56.26
  • 7. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Russia, 55.37
  • 8. Gabrielle Daleman, Canada, 54.13
  • 9. Veronik Mallet, Canada, 52.17
  • 10. Alena Leonova, Russia, 52.08
  • 11. Isabelle Olsson, Sweden, 50.23
  • 12. Elizabet Tursynbaeva, Kazakhstan, 49.84

The 24-year old Wagner, who shared via Twitter that she'd borrowed her skating dress from fellow figure skater Marissa Castelli, sits in good position to potentially make a return to the Grand Prix Final, which is set to take place in Barcelona in December.

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If she wins the Skate Canada 2015 title on Oct. 31, she will earn 15 points toward a berth in the prestigious final event of the 2015-16 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Wagner earned the bronze medal at last year's Final, behind winner Tuktamysheva and silver medalist Elena Radionova. Team USA's Gracie Gold has already earned 13 points for placing second at Skate America on Oct. 24. With each skater limited to competing in two of the six series events, the maximum point total for each is 30.

Skate Canada will conclude Oct. 31 as winners are crowned in all four event areas: women's, men's, pairs, and ice dancing

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