Us Weekly recently caught up with the former US Figure skating contestant and champion, Johnny Weir, and Tara Lipinski, while they were attending the 75th Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday night. The pair discussed the failure of Ashley Wagner to make it to the Pyeongchang games this year in South Korea.
The 35-year-old skater, Lipinski, said it was “heartbreaking” to watch her not make the team due to her getting fourth place rather than third. Lipinski – won the 1998 Gold Medal at the Olympics in Nagano – said the entire ordeal was very unfortunate but the judges made their decision and that’s the conclusion.
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
Lipinski said she thought that the “right decision was made” despite the fact that it was a shame she didn’t make it. Additionally, the 33-year-old, Weir, echoed Tara’s sentiments and said the “judges weren’t unfair;” the skater stated they judged what they saw.
He explained it as the “Olympic Trials,” meaning that every four years people’s hearts are broken, and some people’s dreams come true. Johnny added people must be elegant in defeat as well as victory.
Weir – who competed in the 2006 and the 2010 Olympics but didn’t get a medal – empathized with Wagner and said the social media backlash against her was a bit harsh. Twitter trolls vehemently attacked the figure skater because of her undiplomatic way of voicing her discontent with the result.
However, for next time, Weir said there’s a certain way of saying you’re unhappy with the score, and she defied that rule. Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that the 26-year-old failed to make it into the Olympics and she was vocal about the judges’ decisions to lump her into fourth place.