SAN JOSE — Ashley Wagner will not be an Olympian. After finishing just off the podium Friday night at the U.S. Championships, after controversial judging put her there, Wagner’s Olympic dream is over. Surprise U.S. Champion Bradie Tennell, triple-axel wonder Marai Nagasu and 2017 U.S. Champion Karen Chen will be the three women representing the United States in PyeongChang next month. Wagner is the first alternate.
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships award a pewter medal, and it goes to the skater who finishes fourth, just off the podium, but close enough to taste it. After Friday night’s dramatic ladies’ free skate, that pewter medal went to Wagner, who had to stand to the side of the podium to accept it, a few levels lower than the victors a few feet away.
Wagner took the medal with grace, congratulated her competitors and smiled as she always has. But if the final moments of Tennell’s decisive free skate stand as a poignant image from these championships, so, too, will that of Wagner, standing so near the podium in what will likely be her last Olympic cycle but just far enough to signify the uncomfortable end
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/01/06/2014-olympian-ashley-wagner-fails-to-make-u-s-figure-skating-team-after-controversial-judging-ends-her-hopes-of-winter-olympics/
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