When your Olympic goals come crumbling down it is OK to be pissed.
That was the message Ashley Wagner needed her followers to listen to Saturday after she didn’t earn a spot on the U.S. determine skating group going to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea subsequent month.
“As an athlete, I am allowed to be mad,” Wagner tweeted. “As a senior competitor with over 10 years of expertise, I am allowed to query issues.”
Wagner, the three-time U.S. champ and a bronze-medal winner on the Sochi Video games 4 years in the past, was livid along with her scores after her free skate on the nationwide championships Friday night time in San Jose.
“I’m completely livid,” Wagner mentioned, per USA At the moment Sports activities. “I do know after I go and I lay it down and I completely left one soar on the desk (turning a triple salchow right into a single) however for me to place out two applications that I did at this competitors, as strong as I skated and to get these scores, I’m livid, and I feel deservedly so.”
She was seen shaking her head “no” when her scores have been posted. Wagner was named the primary alternate after ending in fourth place behind Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen.
U.S. Determine Skating makes use of a committee to resolve the squad and they didn’t decide Wagner as they did 4 years in the past. Wagner was named to the group in 2014 regardless of a fourth-place end in that 12 months’s nationals. She ended up incomes a bronze medal as a part of a group occasion. Within the particular person competitors she completed a distant seventh.
“It doesn’t matter what occurs,” Wagner tweeted Friday after receiving her free skate scores, “thanks to each single individual in that rink for giving me a particular second I’ll always remember. Thanks.”
In line with the AP’s protection, Wagner had the gang going for many of her high-energy routine, however a ultimate soar flaw proved expensive.
“On the finish of the day, I laid out my finest and I am going residence proud,” Wagner continued in her day-after message. “Congrats to the stunning women of the group, you have bought me in your cheering squad now!”
She added a second tweet a couple of minutes later.
“Lastly Twitter, earlier than you eat me alive, remember there’s a actual individual on the opposite finish of your tweets.”
The Pyeongchang Video games start on Feb. 9.
– With The Related Press