Ashley Wagner thrilled with Olympic debut... until her score

Ashley Wagner thrilled with Olympic debut... until her score

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Ashley Wagner thrilled with Olympic debut... until her score

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by CHRIS CHASE / USA Today Sports

WCNC.com

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 5:50 PM

American figure skater Ashley Wagner shook off her disappointing performance at the U.S. Championships to put together a solid short program in her Olympic debut at Saturday’s team competition. When the 22-year-old was waiting for her scores, her smile indicated she was thrilled with the performance and expected scores that would confirm her mood.

Then the scores flashed on the board. A picture may be worth 1,000 words but, in this case, it’s also worth 63.10 points.

The skater shook her head in disbelief, said something to her coach, looked again, and then turned back to her coach for another comment. She appeared to say, “sorry, that’s horrible.”

Wagner, whose inclusion on the team was a debated topic after she failed to place in the top three at the U.S. Champs, spoke about her disappointment.

“I know roughly when I skate a good program where the score should end up. … So yeah to score that low was very disappointing for me. But honestly this performance was more for myself and mentally getting beyond this past couple of weeks. And I wanted to do everything I could to help out the team, and I really feel that I delivered on that part.”

That’s a diplomatic way of putting it.

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