Figure skater Ashley Wagner has no regrets about ranting after failing to make the final cut for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.
The 2016 world silver medalist said during the sit-down interview with The Today Show on NBC that she still doesn’t see how she could have placed fourth in the national championships. She considered herself a veteran of the sport and could assess whether she’s made some major mistakes.
She said that when she questioned the results, she’s not trying to demean the performance of those who finished ahead of her. “I think that these girls earned their spots, and I am so excited to be able to kind of take a step back and cheer on Team USA,” she said.
The 26-year-old chalked up her emotions to her passion on the sport. “I’ve been in the position where people have tried to take away my legitimacy for being on a team,” she explained. “And I would never want to do that to another athlete.”
The three-time national champion said that she wears her emotions on her sleeves, and she’s always been honest and open about her opinions. Ultimately, however, she said the US team to the Winter Olympics couldn’t go wrong with the final list.
What she’s questioning is not the final list but as to how she scored this year compared to her scores of previous national skating championships. For instance, she scored lower in the 2018 national championship short program than when she competed injured, which made her very “confused.”
Just this past weekend, Wagner went on a rant after the final results were announced and she did not make it to the final team. “I’m furious, I am absolutely furious,” she told reporters afterwards.
She said that the judges were unfairly very strict with her rotations and were lax on other peformers, which explains her low scores.