San Jose figure skater Polina Edmunds had a rough start Thursday finishing fifth out of six competitors in the short program of the Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.

"I'm not happy with it," said Edmunds, 15. "I didn't trust myself."

Russian Maria Sotskova, who turned 13 on Wednesday, leads the competition that ends Friday with the free skate. She earned 61.29 points. Russian skaters took the top four spots ahead of Edmunds (48.20 points) and sixth place Angela Wang of Salt Lake City.

U.S. champion Ashley Wagner placed third in the senior ladies event behind leader Mao Asada of Japan and Adelina Sotnikova of Russia.

"The flip-toe felt great, the spins felt really great," Wagner told reporters. "I wish the score had been higher, we'll see what happens in the protocol. But so far so good."

Russians also dominated the field in the senior ladies competition that ends Friday.

"It says a lot for Russian skating to have four of the ladies here," Wagner said. "To have so many Russian skaters here, you can feel them breathing down your neck and pushing you. They have youth on their side."

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