Ashley Wagner Heartbroken Over ‘End of This Olympic Dream’ — But Excited to Cheer on Team USA

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Ashley Wagner has no regrets about her heated reaction to her disappointing scores at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which kept her from the 2018 Winter Olympics — but she still has nothing but support for the three women who earned spots on the team.

The 26-year-old athlete, who finished fourth in Saturday’s competition, appeared on Today, Wednesday morning, to explain why she was “absolutely furious” about her scores.

“Seeing those scores was difficult just because I know where my second mark consistently falls, and it unfortunately didn’t this week,” she said. “It was confusing to me and I think in that moment, when I’m feeling the end of this Olympic dream, it was just heartbreaking.”

Wagner shared that although she felt the right skaters were chosen based on their technical scores — which awards or deducts points for jumps, spins, and step sequences — she challenged her components score — which judges award based on the more artistic aspects of the routine.

“The only thing that I question is my scores compared to my scores in the past,” she said. “I scored lower on my second mark in the short program than I did at a competition where I was injured. Those are things I’m confused about, but the technical side I think was totally fair.”

The Olympic bronze medalist, who competed with the American skating team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, made no attempt to hide her frustration, wich resulted in some backlash on social media.

However, Wagner doesn’t regret her reaction.

“I have a lot of experience in this sport and I know what I consistently skate like and where I usually fall,” she said. “I’m allowed to question things, but question things only in relation to myself.”

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She added that she’ll be fully supporting the three women who were chosen to compete for the United States in Pyeongchang next month, Bradie Tennell, Karen Chen and Mirai Nagasu — the figure skater who Wagner beat out …read more



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