Ashley Wagner is “absolutely furious” at the judges’ choice of the score but intends to “go home proud” after she wasn’t able to make the Winter Olympics figure skating team. The three-time national champion finished in fourth place on Friday during the US Figure Skating Championships which crushed her dream of representing the US during the games in South Korea next month.
Wagner said she was “absolutely furious” because she knows her performance was up to par. She said the programs she executed should’ve been enough to cement her position at the Olympics this year.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) January 6, 2018
Sources close to the skater who spoke with us said: “Ashley was upset by the judge’s choice of score. Although she appears to be mad on the outside, she’s pretty sad not to be able to perform at the Olympics in South Korea this year. It was a huge bummer. It will be good for her to go home though.”
As an athlete, I'm allowed to be mad. As a senior competitor with over 10 years of experience, I'm allowed to question things. At the end of the day, I laid out my best and I'm going home proud! Congrats to the lovely ladies of the team, you've got me in your cheering squad now!
— Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) January 6, 2018
On Saturday morning, January 6th, Wagner took to Twitter to state that “as an athlete” she’s “allowed” to be mad.
Ashley said she deserves the right to question things, but despite the upset, the silver medalist is happy to be going home proud. Wagner sent out words of congratulations to the other women who made rank.
As you may know, this year’s Olympics in South Korea comes at a particularly turbulent time in the world due to the escalating conflict between South Korea, Japan, the United States, and North Korea.
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un recently admitted that they have nuclear weapons which can hit the US. It’s unfortunate Wagner can’t represent America during a time when nations forget their political rivalry to engage in competitive sports.