Despite fourth-place finish, Ashley Wagner makes U.S. Olympic team

Jan 11, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; (From left to right) Silver medalist- Polina Edmunds, gold medalist- Gracie Gold, bronze medalist- Mirai Nagasu, pewter medalist Ashley Wagner stand on the podium after the Ladies Free Skate at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Despite finishing in a disappointing fourth at the U.S. Championships this weekend, Ashley Wagner was awarded one of the three spots on the U.S. figure skating team for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, earning the nomination over third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu.

According to officials, U.S. Figure Skating uses more than just the U.S. Championships to determine the team, and Wagner’s overall résumé was more impressive than Nagasu’s.

Still, former Olympic champion Sarah Hughes said she was surprised to see a top-three finisher be passed over:

The [U.S.] National Championship is not an official Olympic Trial, but historically it has been an Olympic trial where, however many spots we have — two or three — the top two or three [at U.S. Championships] go, unless the top skater or someone who has performed very well the past for year is injured and doesn’t compete. It’s very rare. I don’t even know the last time it has happened when somebody who has competed and won a medal has been skipped over (The Washington Post).

Wagner will be joined in Sochi by Polina Edmunds and Gracie Gold.

[Source: The Washington Post]

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