Skate America 2016, the first event of the 2016-17Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, commencedOct. 21 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with the women's short program. By evening's end,reigning world silver medalist Ashley Wagner sat in gold medal position, with 2016 US National champion Gracie Gold well-within striking distance of the podium a few spots behind her in third.

Ashley Wagner not 'quite perfect,' but good enough

The 24-year old Wagner, who won Skate America gold back in 2012, took the highest marks of the evening (69.50) with her "Sweet Dreams" short program. She admitted during a post-skate interview that "there were a couple things that weren't quite perfect," but she still fared better than the rest of the field.

In her Grand Prix debut, 17-year oldMai Mihara of Japan, who won 2016 Nebelhorn Trophy goldlast month, scored well enough to rest insecond (65.75) entering tomorrow's free skate, while Gold, who experienced what she termed "a hiccup" when she fell during a triple flip but was otherwise pleased with her skate, landed in third (64.87).

Check out Ashley Wagner's first place worthy Skate America 2016 short program here:

Women's short program results: Skate America 2016

The full results of the women's short program at Skate America 2016 are as follows:

  • 1. Ashley Wagner, USA, 69.50
  • 2. Mai Mihara, Japan, 65.75
  • 3. Gracie Gold, USA, 64.87
  • 4. Gabrielle Daleman, Canada, 64.49
  • 5. Mao Asada, Japan, 64.47
  • 6. Mariah Bell, USA, 60.92
  • 7. So Youn Park, Korea, 58.16
  • 8. Serafima Sakhanovich, Russia, 56.52
  • 9. Roberta Rodeghiero, Italy, 52.62
  • 10. Kanako Murakami, Japan, 47.87
  • 11. Angelina Kuchvalska, Latvia, 47.80

The ladies' competition at Skate America 2016 will conclude Oct.

22 with the free skate portion of the program, which is slated to begin at 4:30 PM Eastern. Interested partiescan watch the action as it unfolds liveon NBC or via the NBC Sports app. Tomorrow's competition will also feature the pairs long program, as well as the short dance and the men's short program.

Will Ashley Wagner win gold and all-important points to help buy a return ticket to December's Grand Prix Final? Will Gracie Gold rebound from the disappointment of missing out on a world medal earlier this year? Tune in and find out.

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