Ashley Wagner says she doesn’t remorse ripping the judges after her fourth-place end at this 12 months’s nationwide championships left her off the U.S. Olympic determine skating crew.
In an interview with the “At this time” present on Wednesday, the three-time U.S. champ and Sochi bronze medal winner mentioned she wouldn’t change something about her response from Friday, when she mentioned she was “completely livid” together with her scores.
“I’ve a variety of expertise on this sport, and I do know what I constantly skate like and the place I normally fall,” mentioned Wagner, who was anticipated to be one of many acquainted faces for Crew USA at subsequent month’s Pyeongchang Video games. “So I am allowed to query issues however query issues solely in relation to myself.”
U.S. Determine Skating’s choice committee named Wagner the primary alternate behind champion Bradie Tennell, silver medalist Mirai Nagasu and bronze medalist Karen Chen.
Wagner, 26, additionally completed fourth in nationals 4 years in the past however made the Sochi Olympic crew over Nagasu, who completed third. Wagner gained a bronze medal as a part of a crew occasion whereas ending seventh within the particular person competitors.
After defending herself on Twitter Saturday, Wagner informed the “At this time” present that the judges had been merely inconsistent with how they scored her routines.
“The one factor that I query is my scores in comparison with my scores prior to now,” she mentioned. “I scored decrease on the second mark in my quick program than I did in a contest I used to be injured at. These are the issues that I am confused about however the technical aspect I feel was completely honest. I ended up the place I ended up.”
Regardless of feeling “devastated” and “heartbroken” after her Olympic goals got here crashing down, Wagner mentioned the committee finally selected the correct roster.
“What you see is what you get with me and I pleasure myself on being sincere and open,” she mentioned. “I feel that on the finish of the day, primarily based on the choice standards, they completely made the correct name with this crew. These girls are on the point of go to the Olympics and I assist them solely.”
“I have been able the place folks have tried to remove my legitimacy for being on a crew and I’d by no means need to do this for an additional athlete,” she added.
Wagner mentioned she’s coaching for an upcoming competitors however would gladly journey to South Korea ought to Crew USA want her.
“If that telephone name comes my method, I will be able to go,” she mentioned.
The Pyeongchang Olympics start on Feb. 9.