Ashley Wagner Finally Skated Her Very Best

Ashley Wagner’s trip to the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships was, in her words, “embarrassing” and “horrifying.” Her 2015 victory “tastes the sweetest.”Wagner didn’t just win her third U.S. title in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday night — she demolished the American women’s record for free-skate and total scores. She notched a 148.98 and 221.02, respectively; the previous record had been set only a year ago by Gracie Gold (if there were ever a name made for an Olympian, that’s it). Gold shined in 2014, racking up a 139.57 and 211.69. (Athletes skate twice in competition; a technical program composes a third of the total score, the free skate two-thirds. For the casual fan, the judging system can indeed seem complicated.)Wagner also became the oldest skater to take home the women’s title since Michelle Kwan in 2005 and the first woman since Kwan to win three U.S. championships. It’s unrealistic that Wagner, at age 23, will match Kwan’s nine titles, but Saturday’s record-busting effort was especially satisfying for the outspoken skater, who thinks she has a lot to prove.“I’ve had so many critics over the past couple of months,” Wagner told NBC’s Andrea Joyce after the competition. “I’ve had so many people who said I’m too old for this, I am burnt out.”Wagner is perhaps best known for inconsistency. She fell twice during her messy free skate at last year’s nationals but still made the U.S. Olympic team over a higher-scoring competitor, Mirai Nagasu. Many were quick to deride that controversial decision, although U.S. Figure Skating stood by its choice, citing Wagner’s international experience. She finished seventh in Sochi.So, how did Wagner get to tip-top of the heap in 2015? Sure, keeping her backside off the ice helped, but she also upped her difficulty level and refined her performance. In the chart below, I’ve plotted several elements of Wagner’s 2014 and 2015 free skates. Because a program’s components differ from year to year, this isn’t a perfect measure; I did not include some elements, and others I matched the best I could. For example, in 2014 Wagner’s triple-triple combination (traditionally the most difficult part of a women’s program) was an under-rotated triple flip-triple toe loop, and in 2015 it was the trickier triple Lutz-triple toe loop. In 2014, she performed a triple Salchow; in 2015, a triple flip.Almost across the board, Wagner scored much, much higher. Last year, Mao Asada of Japan won her world title with a total score of 216.69. If Wagner can repeat Saturday’s performance in March — and some might argue that’s a big if — she could easily win her first world championship medal. In gold. read more

North and Middle Caicos Residents Demand more attention

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – Some islanders are feeling a sense of disconnect and exercised no restraint when it came to expressing themselves when Cabinet Ministers and their Member of Parliament turned up for public meetings last week. There was a strong demand for better representation from residents of North and Middle Caicos when the Premier, Minister for Home Affairs George Lightbourne and Member of Parliament for the two islands, Minister DonHue Gardiner met with them on Friday in an afternoon town hall meeting. PTV8 was there, with cameras rolling to capture the frustrations and concerns of residents who say they feel ‘forgotten.’Among the issues, that since December, the District Commissioner has resigned and no one has been hired to fill the post.Minister Gardiner shared that both islands will get its own DC and explained that interviews for the North Caicos District Commissioner will begin soon with the Middle Caicos DC job becoming available this month.It seemed to catch both Minister Gardiner and the Premier off guard that there is no vehicle on the islands for Immigration Officers, despite there reportedly having been a report to the Director. Additionally, North and Middle Immigration officials say there are actually planes landing on the island of North Caicos at the unmanned airport; the Minister said that is not supposed to be happening without proper authorization from the Airports Authority; and yet it is.It seemed to satisfy the residents that there is a budget allocation of $180,000 for Middle Caicos. Related Items:last_img read more

Update 52yearold man killed in last nights officerinvolved shooting in El Cerrito

first_img Updated: 4:46 PM Update: 52-year-old man killed in last night’s officer-involved shooting in El Cerrito KUSI Newsroom August 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 52-year-old man, who police say threw a brick at his 70-year-old aunt, was shot and killed by an officer during a shooting in the El Cerrito community of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.The woman called police a little before 7:50 p.m. Saturday from a home in the 5800 block of Adelaide Avenue to report that her nephew had thrown a brick at her, San Diego Police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Two officers responded to handle the possible assault with a deadly weapon call, which eventually resulted in an officer-involved shooting, Dobbssaid.“Although it is early in the investigation, witnesses told the investigators the male advanced on the officers, while swinging a large post-like object at them (later determined to be a shovel),” he said.“The officers gave the male orders to drop the weapon, but the male refused to cooperate,” he said. “He continued quickly advancing on the officers, swinging the shovel, prompting one officer to fire his Taser, while the second officer fired his service weapon.”The 52-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported, Dobbs said. The officers involved in the shooting were from the department’s Mid-City division. One was a four-year veteran, while the other was a 16-year veteran of the police department.San Diego police asked anyone with information regarding the officer-involved shooting to call the department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Gas supply resumes after almost 2 days

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What Happened to the Suspect in Det Sean Suiters Death

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