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ASHLEY WAGNER: BODY OF WORK vs. 2014 US CHAMPIONSHIPS

Controversy swarms over the selection of Ashley Wagner instead of Marai Nagasu to the 2014 US Olympic Team.  Wagner, 2013 US Ladies Champion, placed 4th after a two-fall free skate. “I’m happy that my federation was able to see beyond one bad skate”, said the grateful Wagner.  Nagasu, the 2014 bronze medalist, issued the following statement: “I’m disappointed in the decision. Though I may not agree with it, I have to respect the decision the federation made.”  At the 2014 Olympic Team press conference in Boston, MA, USFSA President, Pat St. Peter, defended the choice.  “Look at Ashley Wagner’s record and performance.  She’s got the top credentials of any of our female athletes. It’s an objective analysis.”

Analysis of Ashley Wagner’s body of work:

2012 World Figure Skating Championships, Nice, France:

  • Ashley Wagner and Alissa Czisney represented the US.
  • After the short program, Wagner and Czisney were 7th and 16th respectively
  • In the free skate, Wagner placed 3rd and vaulted to 4th overall.  Czisney finished 22nd.
  • The combined US ladies’ scores were 26 points, just 2 under the maximum of 28 to cinch two ladies spots at the next Worlds.  Had Wagner finished above 7th place, the US would have earned only one position for the 2013 Worlds, which would require a top 10 finish to send two ladies to the 2014 Olympic games. American Ladies Figure Skating would have been dealt a devastating blow had that occurred.

2013 World Figure Skating Championships, London, ON Canada:

  • Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold represented the US.
  • Wagner and Gold placed 5th and 6th respectively with a total of 11 points and secured three spots for the Ladies on the 2014 Olympic and World teams.

International Competitions

2011-2012:

  • Skate Canada – bronze medal
  • Four Continents – gold medal

2012-2013:

  • Skate America – gold medal / Trophee Bombard – gold medal
  • Grand Prix Final – silver medal
  • 2nd World Team Competition

2013-2014

  • Skate America – silver medal / Trophee Bombard – gold medal
  • Grand Prix Final – bronze medal

The USFSA’s Selection Committee decided that Ashley Wagner’s Body of Work highlighted by a strong international record, topped her poor performance at the 2014 US Championships.  The fourth place finisher needs to prove they chose wisely.

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