Jan 29, 2012 2:33 AM by Lee Douglas
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Ashley Wagner has won her first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, salvaging what was an otherwise dismal night of skating with a signature performance.
Third after the short program, Wagner needed a dazzling show and some help from others. She did her part, scoring 187.02 points, and then watched as two-time champ Alissa Czisny and Agnes Zawadzki melted down after her. When Wagner saw the final results, tears filled her eyes and she rested a hand on the shoulder of coach John Nicks.
Czisny managed to stay second, finishing seven points behind Wagner. Zawadzki, a 17-year-old student at Cheyenne Mountain high school in Colorado Springs, was third. Rachael Flatt, who also represents the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs finished sixth.
Earlier Saturday, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their fourth straight dance title.
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