Although she entered the free skate portion of the 2016 US Figure Skating Championships trailing teen Polina Edmunds by a wide margin, Gracie Gold clearly wasn't intimidated. As the ladies' competition drew to a close onJan. 23, she delivered a virtually flawless long program thaterased the deficit and gave her the second national title of her career.

Gold, 20, overcame the 7.69-point lead that Edmunds carried into the long program courtesy of a skate to The Firebird that featured seven triple jumps. Her segment score of 147.96 was the best of the field by more than 10 points --in addition to being more than 10 points higher than her ISU personal best (137.41, 2015 Skate America)-- and gave her a gold medal worthycumulative mark of 210.46.

Edmunds, whoturned in the second highest-scoring free skate (137.32) of the evening, held on to take the silver (207.51), while 2015 national champion Ashley Wagner rose from her fourth place short program finish to claim the bronze with a 197.88. One-time Olympian and 2008 US champ Mirai Nagasu (188.84) and 2014 US national junior silver medalist Tyler Pierce (188.50) rounded out the top five.

Although Gold unseated Wagner, the latter congratulated her rival via a post-competition tweet that read "From one US Champ to another, congrats @GraceEGold. Great night for ladies skating, on to #Worlds!#USChamps16."

Nationals Full Results: The Ladies

The complete final results for the ladies' singles portion of the 2016 US championships are as follows:

  • Gold: Gracie Gold, 210.46
  • Silver: Polina Edmunds, 207.51
  • Bronze: Ashley Wagner, 197.88
  • 4. Mirai Nagasu, 188.84
  • 5. Tyler Pierce, 188.50
  • 6. Bradie Tennell,181.33
  • 7. Hannah Miller,174.42
  • 8. Karen Chen,168.75
  • 9. Courtney Hicks,168.04
  • 10.Angela Wang, 163.17
  • 11. Mariah Bell, 160.03
  • 12.Franchesca Chiera, 140.38
  • 13.Katie McBeath, 133.52
  • 14. Ashley Cain,131.89
  • 15.Heidi Munger, 131.46
  • 16.Christina Cleveland, 121.81
  • 17.Alexie Mieskoski, 121.27
  • 18.Maria Yang, 120.20
  • 19. Carly Gold, 107.96
  • 20.Avery Kurtz, 107.29
  • 21.Alexis Gagnon, 105.56
  • 22.Elena Pulkinen, 101.65

With three senior-level titles already awarded (to Gold, Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea in pairs, and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani in ice dancing), only the men's final remains.

To see which talented skater claims the gold, follow the action on Jan. 24.

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