Despite a forgettable performance at the U.S. Championships in Boston on Saturday, 22-year-old figure skater Ashley Wagner was chosen for the Sochi Games.
Her fourth-place finish notwithstanding, U.S. Figure Skating chose Wagner over third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu – rounding out the U.S. team. The other two women chosen were 15-year-old Polina Edmunds – second at the Championships – and Gracie Gold, who won the event on Saturday.
Wagner fell twice during Saturday's long program and missed on smooth landings on two other attempts. She was so distraught from her performance that she mouthed "I'm sorry" to her mother.
“I was overwhelmed from the big lights and the big show,” she said. “I'm happy that my federation was able to see beyond one bad skate,” she added.
“If you look at Ashley Wagner's record and performance, she's got the top credentials of any of our female athletes,” U.S. Figure Skating president Patricia St. Peter said.
Fortunately for Wagner, the federation considered her promising performances at both the world championships (fifth) and the Grand Prix Final (third). It will be her first Olympics, after narrowly missing the cut in 2010.