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Wagner in lead of ladies short program

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Wagner in lead of ladies short program

Haley Dunne, competing during the ladies short program of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the CenturyLink Center.

Ashley Wagner is on her way to becoming the first woman since Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back titles, winning the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night.

Wagner's clean and elegant “Red Violin” program earned her 67.57 points. That puts her more than two points ahead of Agnes Zawadzki going into Saturday's free skate.

The Americans have been looking for their next big star since Kwan hung up her skates, and Wagner continues to show she is more than up to the task. Though other skaters had more difficult tricks, no one could match her presentation or fluidness.

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