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Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Makes USA Team Over Mirai Nagasu

Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Makes USA Team Over Mirai Nagasu

Ashley Wagner is now a member of Team USA for the 2014 Olympics after finishing in fourth place at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships!

The 22-year-old figure skater was put on the team over Mirai Nagasu, who won the bronze medal after placing third during the championships, which is not the Olympic Trials.

“It’s been a long 4 years to this point. I’m so proud and incredibly grateful that I’ll be representing my country at the Olympics in Sochi!” Ashley tweeted after the announcement.

Mirai shared in a statement, “I’m disappointed in the decision. Though I may not agree with it, I have to respect the decision the federation made. And I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me and look forward to what comes next in my skating career.”

FYI: The US Figure Skating takes into account the past three years of competitions before making their selections for the USA Team.

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59 Responses to “Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Makes USA Team Over Mirai Nagasu”

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  1. 1
    mick Says:

    The figure skating part of the Olympics have always been corrupt. Still are. Mirai Nagasu should be going.

  2. 2
    OK Says:

    Who ever decided this :
    “:So Mirai Nagasu did a fantastic performance and got third but Ashley Wagner miss multiply times and got fourth….mmmmmmmmmmm who should we take ???? I say Fourth place !!!!!!!!!!!” *sarcasm *

  3. 3
    claire m. Says:

    in what universe does 4th place trump 3rd place? sorry to say..i smell racism

  4. 4
    Nikki Says:

    Racist skating judges.

  5. 5
    sdf Says:

    clearly racism! I would like to see anyone argue that this isn’t racism.

  6. 6
    kami Says:

    this doesn’t make sense. it should be whoever gets the highest score this year, not in previous years. ashley’s papa must have money or connections with the federation.

  7. 7
    Nicole Says:

    Ehhh racist much?!?!?!

  8. 8
    Boo Says:

    Unjust and ridiculous. The USFSA has turned this event into a joke.

  9. 9
    tammy Says:

    If her name was other than Mirai Nagasu……….

  10. 10
    Organic Grapes Says:

    It’s all about race and PR. Who looks more like Miss Golden USA? Wait 50 years and Anglo Saxons will be in the minority compared with ‘ethnic’ peoples such as Latins, Asians, and African Americans.

  11. 11
    OK NOW...LISTEN UP. Says:

    The USFSA, and many other skating federations do not base their decisions ONLY on the National competition and instead base their selection on how skaters have performed in the past year(s) (like MANY other sports, who ALSO select based on overall performance for the year!). I have adored Mirai’s competitive career, she was such a dynamo, especially at the 2010 Olympics; however, in the past THREE most recent years, she has NOT placed nationally in the top 3, or even qualified for any major international competitions due to lack of consistent jumps and stamina.

    AND does everyone commenting realize the REASON why the United States will have actually THREE (instead of two or one) women representing in the Olympics? OH YEAH, because Ashley placed so high at the Worlds Championships… That, with high placements at international competitions AND making the Grand Prix Final (top 6 skaters WORLDWIDE on the circuit, I don’t even know if Mirai was even ON the circuit), make her a way better, well-deserved choice.

    ALSO: USFSA once gave Michelle Kwan (a CHINESE-AMERICAN, may I just add) a spot on the National team and she did NOT even compete that year at Nationals, but because she was impressive internationally that year and years before. So.. NO, everyone this IS NOT RACISM, this is international sport.

  12. 12
    Dlady Says:

    @Nikki: Know the sport before commenting. The judges have NO say at all on who the USFSA send to the Olympics. The marks reflected the performances. No racism there.

  13. 13
    maria Says:

    @OK NOW…LISTEN UP.: Thank you. The USFSA has to put the best team on the ice for the Olympic games. Though Mirai placed higher in this ONE competition, you have to consider Ashley is the reigning US champion for the last 2 years, is the 2012 Four Continents champion, 2012 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, 2012 Skate America champion, 2012 and 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard champion. Those accomplishments must be considered when naming a team for an Olympics. Anyone can have ONE great skate, but that does not make them the best choice overall.

  14. 14
    Fred Flinstone Says:

    If Ashley choked at the US Nationals how do you think she’ll perform at the biggest stage of them all, the Olympics? Nice move USFSA!

  15. 15
    Verity Says:

    She was robbed!

  16. 16
    kelli Says:

    the top 3 should go, end of story. their previous performances are not indicators of future ones, as well have all seen before. unfairness.

  17. 17
    figureskatermyself Says:

    BS…top 3 should go. International work boosted ashley but if she chokes in nationals, she’ll choke during the olympics.

  18. 18
    Fercat Says:

    First it was Lupita now Mirai.

  19. 19
    Zig Says:

    They picked the skater who bombed BOTH segments of the competition when they’ve never done that before. They’ve named athletes who were too injured to compete at Nationals, but they have never sent a skater who finished lower than another skater.

    Follow the money. NBC paid big bucks for the Olympics, Wagner has featured in lots of Olympic advertising. Nagasu was a surprise at Nationals. And, she isn’t blonde.

  20. 20
    a Says:

    It’s not racism, they don’t base sending someone to the olympics on this one competition, Ashley wagner has had a better season. The last 4 years have been better than Miirai, Ashley has been more consistent. She won that competition last season, and the one before, medaled in the grand prix, and had more international success.

  21. 21
    aquarius64 Says:

    @OK NOW…LISTEN UP.: In other words, the skating federation picked Wagner because they think they have a better chance in bringing home an Olympic medal with her and help with the overall US medal count. It still stinks. Wagner tanked that night – who’s to say she won’t bomb in Sochi? Because of her past season? I usually root for Team USA in figure skating but I can’t now. And I think this decision left a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Fair is fair. Whoever wins 1-2-3 makes the team; 4th place is the alternate.

  22. 22
    aquarius64 Says:

    @maria: Karma may come back on Ms. Wagner and she may NOT make onto the Olympic podium. The whole process stinks. And if it comes out this is another Skate-gate like in the Salt Lake Games – where the judges did some fixing – I hope this girl goes down hard.

  23. 23
    Heather Says:

    If Ashley had any morals, she would step down. She fell twice & bombed. She cried the moment she stepped off the ice because she knew she blew it. She shouldn’t go, and if she does, I hope she bombs again!

  24. 24
    mellow Says:

    To everyone who says the judges made a decision because of racism:
    THE REASONS WHY ASHLEY can go to the olympics are these:

    Ashley deserves to go to Sochi, because:

    The judges decide about the three Olympics spots on the last results from the last 4 seasons (!) which are:

    - Ashley won the Nationals 2 times (2012 and 2013) while Miray got only two disappointing 7th places in these seasons

    - Ashley won 3 Grand Prix events, she was twice on the podium in the Grand Prix Finals, while Mirai didn’t win any GP events and she didn’t even got into any Grand Prix Finals!!!

    - Ashley got a 4th and a 5th place from the World Championships, and Mirai didn’t even qualified to any of the WCs (last time she was there was at the 2010 World Championships where she finished 7th)

    Just because Mirai had a good day at the Nationals this year, and Ashley didn’t, it doesnt mean that Mirai should go to the Olympics. I really love Mirai’s skating, she’s very talented, but her results since the 2010/2011 season are way way worse than Ashley’s.This is the reasons why the judges decided so and IT’S NOT BECAUSE OF RACISM. NO ONE THINKS that except that ones who don’t know much about the rules of figure skating…….

  25. 25
    YOU LISTEN UP.... Says:

    @OK NOW…LISTEN UP.: First why pretend like the Nationals matter when it comes to the Olympics when it doesn’t. It’s like saying regardless who wins the AFC NFL football game because Tom Brady has a better resume in the playoffs than Peyton Manning. Such bs.
    Kwan got in because others were hurt. She did not jump over other skaters that placed in the top 3 at the Nationals.
    Racism maybe not. But it is hard to look away from the blond, blue eye being sold in NBC and other sponsor’s Olympic ads.
    The US Figure Skating made a mistake. They should have left either Wagner or the 15 year old off the team. Because the US people believe in fairness in competition this decision smells big time. Which is why the audience in Boston gave Nagasu a standing ovation.
    BTW if Wagner could not handle Boston how in the world is she going to hand Sochi and all the media pressure she is going to have after the USFSA decision.

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