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Looking ahead to Thursday's events

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Championship pairs short program, 4 to 6:40 p.m.

From fifth to first is the leap Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the Skating Club of Boston hope to make in the first senior division event of the competition. They enter the competition at No. 19 in the latest world rankings released Monday. Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff were one spot ahead of Castelli and Shnapir a year ago in San Jose and are the highest-finishing pair in this year's event. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are the defending national champions but aren't in the competition because of an injury to Coughlin.

Championship ladies short program, 7:35 to 11:05 p.m.

Until proven otherwise, all discussions about who's the favorite begin and end with defending national champion Ashley Wagner. The 21-year-old from Alexandria, Va., also was the silver medalist at the 2012 Grand Prix. Five other Americans are ranked between 11th and 20th — Alissa Czisny, Mirai Nagasu, Christina Gao, Gracie Gold and Agnes Zawadzki, who was first after the short program at last year's nationals in San Jose.

— Steve Beideck

Wednesday's Results

At CenturyLink Center

>> Junior free dance final: 1, Alexandra Aldridge, Detroit SC, Daniel Eaton, Detroit SC, 159.85. 2, Kaitlin Hawayek, Detroit SC, Jean-Luc Baker, Seattle SC, 149.74. 3, Lorraine McNamara, Peninsula SC, Quinn Carpenter, Washington FSC, 149.25.

>> Junior pairs free skate final: 1, Britney Simpson, Broadmoor SC, Matthew Blackmer, Broadmoor SC, 146.44. 2, Jessica Noelle Calalang, DuPage FSC, Zack Sidhu, Las Vegas FSC, 141.52. 3, Madeline Aaron, Coyotes SC of Arizona, Max Settlage, Broadmoor SC, 138.41.

>> Junior ladies free skate final: 1, Polina Edmunds, Peninsula SC, 159.87. 2, Mariah Bell, Rocky Mountain FSC, 152.80. 3, Barbie Long, Illinois Valley FSC, 152.53.

Thursday's Schedule

Championship pairs short program, 4 p.m.

Championship ladies short program, 7:35 p.m.

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