U.S. skaters strong in short program

Updated: February 19, 2014, 6:59 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | espnW.com

SOCHI, Russia -- It was the same decision skydivers make, which really isn't a decision at all. In the fraction of a second Gracie Gold hung suspended and slightly askew above the ice in her opening triple jump combination, she pulled the ripcord and floated down safely.

"I was in the air and I thought, 'Is this my Olympic moment? You know, I'm gonna be on my butt?' I said, 'No,'" Gold said, bright-eyed and self-deprecating at the recollection of her inner dialogue. "This is what ...

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