Controversy Surrounds U.S. Sochi Figure Skating Selection
By Brian Shields
Mon Jan 13th, 2014 6:08am America/Los_Angeles
BOSTON (KRON) — When the U.S. Olympic figure skating team gathers in Sochi for the Winter Games, Mirai Nagasu won’t be part of the squad, despite finishing third in the trials.
Instead the selection committee is decided to put fourth place finisher on Ashley Wagner on the team.
In a tweet, Wagner expressed her excitement.
It's been a long 4 years to this point. I'm so proud and incredibly grateful that I'll be representing my country at the Olympics in Sochi!
— Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) January 12, 2014
At first Nagusu had indicated she might appeal the decision then issued a statement backing down.
“I’m disappointed in the decision,” Nagasu says. “Though I may not agree with it, I have to respect the decision the federation made.”
U.S. Figure Skating officials say the trials aren’t the only measure for selecting the team.
“If you look at Ashley Wagner’s record and performance, she has the top credentials of any of our female skaters,” U.S.Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said. “We don’t use a single competition as the sole measurement for who should participate in the Olympic Winter Games.”
The figure skating events in Sochi are scheduled to begin on Febuary 6th.
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