The anti-Trump figure skater Ashley Wagner, who once said Trump was “disgusting,” was broadsided by some very bad news.
After thinking she was a shoe in for the Olympic team, Wagner was told she didn’t make the cut.
From Washington Post
SAN JOSE — Women’s figure skating holds marquee status at the Winter Olympics for its athleticism, artistry and beauty — and, occasionally, for the drama that extends beyond the ice.
By those measures, the Games scheduled to begin next month in South Korea got an early start at this weekend’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Ashley Wagner, a three-time national champion and 2014 Olympian, was supposed to be one of the most endearing, most familiar female athletes representing the United States at the PyeongChang Games. Instead, she will not be there, giving way to a new wave of talent with no well-established star.
Wagner, 26, stood a few feet away and a few feet below the podium Friday night at the conclusion of the women’s singles competition at the sport’s national championships, a noticeable distance between her and the winners of the three medals. The image could also linger as the uncomfortable end of an era in American figure skating. Hours after Bradie Tennell, 19, completed an unexpected run to her first national championship, a committee of U.S. Figure Skating officials announced that Tennell, nationals silver medalist Mirai Nagasu and bronze medalist Karen Chen will comprise the U.S. Olympic women’s figure skating team.
The 13-member committee’s decision came despite a selection process adjusted in recent years to allow deference to skaters such as Wagner with more substantial international track records. Four years ago, the Olympic selection committee chose Wagner, who finished off the podium at the national championships, over Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian who finished on it. This time, Tennell and Nagasu left them little choice for two of the three spots, and Wagner did not provide as strong an overall season as she did then.