Ashley Wagner's Figure Skating Fall Did Not Cost Her Olympic Spot: U.S. Skater to Compete in Sochi Olympics
Ashley Wagner's traumatic fall in the Jan. 11 U.S. Figure Skating Championships is all water under the bridge, or ice under her skates. The 22-year-old has received an official spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Though her fall on Saturday night earned her a fourth place spot, Wagner still managed to secure a spot on the team along with Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani.
Following the announcement, Wagner tweeted, "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!"
Before her fall or the official U.S. team announcement, Wagner told Us Weekly about her fears surrounding the major athletic event.
"I’m nervous for just how big the Olympics are," she told Us. "There’s really not a way to prepare yourself for an audience like that until you get there. It’s one of those things where it’s louder than you’ve ever experienced. You can just feel the crowd and the energy, and I just have to try and figure out how I’m going to deal with it before I get there."
And in addition to competing, the current Laguna Beach, Calif. resident is pumped for another Olympic tradition.
"I’m really excited for the opening ceremonies," she continued. "I think that’s going to be so cool. I can only imagine how amazing that’s going to be."