For Ashley Wagner, making Grand Prix Final would mark big step toward Olympics

For Ashley Wagner, making Grand Prix Final would mark big step toward Olympics

There is an appropriate literary allusion for the position Ashley Wagner is in at Skate America this weekend.

This final event of the “regular season” in the Grand Prix figure skating series is taking place Friday through Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y., near the heart of James Fenimore Cooper country.

And Wagner is, in effect, the last of the Mohicans, the only U.S. woman with a chance to be in the six-skater field for next month’s Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan.

After having made three straight appearances in the Final, two resulting in bronze medals, Wagner did not qualify last season.  Getting back there would take on extra significance in this Olympic season.

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