Who would have put down a deuce on this trifecta coming in? Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Mirai Nagasu with Ashley Wagner out of the money? That’s how it was at TD Garden on Thursday night when the US Figure Skating Championships served up a short-program surprise with Olympic tickets at stake.
Gold, who was ninth after last year’s short, had changed her program theme since her last competition in November, switching from Gershwin to Grieg. Edmunds, a leggy 15-year-old from San Jose with a Russian mom, had spent the season on the junior circuit. And Nagasu, a former champion and Vancouver veteran, since had been knocked around by the sport and by life. All of them finished ahead of Wagner, the two-time defending champion who’s bidding to become the first woman to win three crowns in a row since Michelle Kwan claimed her eighth straight in 2005.