Part two begins of U.S. figure skating championships

BOSTON (KSDK) – The chance to be part of Team USA is hanging by a thread.

This weekend is the key to an Olympic berth for figure skaters at the Olympic trials in Boston. It will be part two of the high stakes U.S. figure skating championships, and the 15 skaters headed to Sochi will learn their fate.

Over the past two days, 100 skaters have vied for a spot in the competition. The short program is finished, and this weekend, they'll perform their free skate performing learning their fate.

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There were no surprises when it came to the ice skating pairs. Meryl Davis and Charlie White dominated, taking first place. They've won the competition five times, and took silver in the 2010 Olympics.

Also outshining the competition was Gracie Gold – the 18-year-old who spent half her life in Springfield, Mo. and Springfield, Ill. She held on to first place by more than five points.

"As soon as I tell them my name, they're like 'oh, it's perfect,'" Gold said.

Affton native Barbie Long, 17, beat half of her competitors, placing 10th. She expects her stronger performance to happen this weekend.

"I typically like my free skate better," she said.

And then there's Kansas City native John Coughlin. The pairs skater placed fourth with partner Caydee Denney. And he's no new kid – he took first at this competition two years ago.

But his biggest challenge will be Boston skaters Marissa Casetelli and Simon Shnapir, who are sitting pretty in first place.

Don't forget to watch the competition this weekend on NewsChannel 5.


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