Ashley Wagner was one of the lucky women that was named to the United States figure team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but she will be making some major changes before she heads off to compete next month.
Wagner won the 2012 and 2013 U.S. championship, but her recent struggles caused her to make the adjustment.
“If I had not skated poorly at Nationals I wouldn’t have been able to change a program that wasn’t going to get me far in Sochi,” Wagner said, via Olympic Talk.
“I told my coach the night they picked the Olympic Team that we needed to change this program because it was something I struggled with all season. I just couldn’t connect with the Juliet character, the program made me nervous. I was terrified. I didn’t feel confident stepping out onto the ice.”
Wagner will be changing her long program to the “Samson and Delilah” theme that she used the past two years. Wagner had much better success with the previous routine, so now she feels much more comfortable heading into the Sochi Games.
“I feel like now I’m really going to be a name to watch, I really feel that,” she said.
In an effort to get even more comfortable, Wagner will be competing in the yellow costume that she wore last year. We will have to see if the changes lead to better results in Sochi, but we can already see that they have made a positive impact on her confidence.