Wednesday, August 7, 2013

USA skating hopefuls entertain at ice show

Photo by Willy Cook

The 77th summer of the Sun Valley Ice Show reached a highlight Saturday, Aug. 3 with the appearance of two of U.S. skating’s top singles hopes in international competition. They are two-time defending U.S. skating queen Ashley Wagner, 22, (right) and 18-year-old Joshua Farris from Seattle, Wash. (left). Wagner is the top American hope for a medal if she qualifies for her first Olympics—the 2014 competition in Russia next February. Wagner won the free program and placed fourth at the 2012 worlds and thus secured two spots for U.S. women at the 2013 worlds. This past March, Wagner finished fifth in the World Championships and, along with teammate Gracie Gold’s sixth place, earned a third spot for the U.S. women at the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Farris is the 2013 World Junior gold medalist. Hitting seven triple jumps including two triple axels at Milan, Italy in March, Farris topped a 1-2-3 U.S. podium sweep with Jason Brown and Shotaro Omori. It was first time one country had swept the podium during the 47-year-old world junior meet.

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