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Wagner 'shines' to help U.S. move on

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Controversy followed Ashley Wagner to Sochi but the U.S. figure skater came through in a big way in her Olympic debut.Skating to Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," Wagner helped the U.S. make the final five in the team figure skating event on Saturday.She placed fourth out of 10 skaters in the women's short program behind Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia, Carolina Kostner of Italy and Mao Asada of Japan. Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond was fifth.Wagner's performance along with Meryl Davis and Charlie White's first-place finish in the short dance earlier Saturday vaulted the U.S. from a three-way tie for fifth place into third behind Russia and Canada.Japan, Italy and France also qualified to move on to the pairs free program. Russia leads with 37 points, Canada has 32 and the U.S. 27.Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will skate next for the U.S. and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch will go for Canada.Medals for this new Olympic event will be awa...

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