KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Karen Chen put together a stirring performance filled with explosive jumps and sharp landings to edge three-time champion Ashley Wagner and win the U.S. figure skating championship Saturday night.
The 17-year-old Chen followed an elegant short program performed to ''On Golden Pond'' with a darker, more energetic performance to ''Jealousy Tango'' to win her first national title.
Chen was eighth a year ago after taking bronze as a 15-year-old in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Chen's free skate score of 141.40 gave her a 214.22 total, which stood up when Wagner under-rotated a combination and had a final combination spin reduced to a Level 2. That left the world silver medalist with a free skate score of 140.84 and a 211.78 composite.
Mariah Bell earned bronze after a free skate performance set to music from ''East of Eden.''