Although the ladies' competition at the 2016 US Figure Skating Championships was supposed to feature reigning champ Ashley Wagner and former national title holder Gracie Gold going head-to-head for the gold, the Jan. 21 short program round sawSan Jose, Calif. native Polina Edmunds surge to an early --and significant-- lead.

The 17-year old Edmunds, who joined Gold and Wagner as part of the US Olympic Figure Skating team in 2014, turned in a sparkling routine choreographed by former world bronze medalist Rudy Galindo that scored an impressive 70.19.

Following her performance, the teentold reporters that she was "very happy" that she'd successfully shown off Galindo's "beautiful" choreography.

Edmunds holds a significant lead over Gold, who placed second with a 62.50 after singling the opening jump of her routine. Tyler Pierce,the 2014 US national junior silver medalist, sits just behind Gold in third (62.45), while Wagner, who took a tumble during her opening jump combination, is ranked just fourth (62.41).

Mirai Nagasu, who won the national title in 2008 and placed fourthat the 2010 Olympics, is fifth (59.64).

Despite a relatively disappointing performance, Wagnerassured fans through a post-competition tweetthat she's unfazed by her placement. The 24-year old skater wrote "Not mad and just where I like to be Believe in the process guys!#USChamps16."

US Nationals: The Ladies Short Program Results

The full results from the short program round in St.

Paul are as follows:

  • 1. Polina Edmunds,70.19
  • 2. Gracie Gold, 62.50
  • 3. Tyler Pierce, 62.45
  • 4. Ashley Wagner, 62.41
  • 5. Mirai Nagasu, 59.64
  • 6. Mariah Bell, 58.85
  • 7. Bradie Tennell, 58.26
  • 8. Franchesca Chiera, 57.94
  • 9. Hannah Miller, 57.86
  • 10. Angela Wang, 55.23
  • 11. Courtney Hicks, 54.93
  • 12. Karen Chen,54.86
  • 13. Ashley Cain, 48.35
  • 14. Katie McBeath, 46.94
  • 15. Carly Gold, 42.41
  • 16. Alexie Mieskoski, 41.63
  • 17. Christina Cleveland, 41.49
  • 18. Heidi Munger, 41.48
  • 19. Avery Kurtz, 41.27
  • 20. Elena Pulkinen, 38.22
  • 21. Maria Yang, 36.34
  • 22. Alexis Gagnon, 33.24

The 2016national champion in the ladies' event will be crowned on Saturday at the conclusion of the free skate.

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