Jan. 6 (UPI) — After a hard-fought nationals competitors, U.S. Determine Skating named winner Bradie Tennell, runner-up Mirai Nagasu and bronze medalist Karen Chen to Staff USA for the Winter Olympics.
The earlier poster baby for Staff USA in women determine skating, Ashley Wagner, got here in fourth place and didn’t make the Olympic group.
It was a case of deja vu for Wagner, who additionally got here in fourth on the 2014 nationals, whereas Nagasu got here in third. Regardless of her fourth-place end, Wagner was despatched to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, over a devastated Nagasu. Many had been upset on the determination then and feared the identical would occur to this yr’s third-place finisher, Karen Chen, and even Nagasu once more.
Nevertheless, Staff USA made it clear that the spot needed to be earned. Wagner would be the group’s first alternate.
Wagner wasn’t comfortable about her scores in Friday’s competitors in San Jose, Calif., telling reporters, “For me to place out two packages that I did at this competitors as strong as I skated and to get these scores, I’m livid.”
She went on to criticize the judging of her presentation rating: “I’m performer and that second mark is simply not there.”
Wagner got here out forward of Chen within the free skate, however was under her whole rating by two factors. Wagner, identified for her mature and rehearsed presentation, obtained solely a 68-point presentation rating on her free skate. Tennell is thought for technical prowess, however a lackluster presentation. Regardless of this, her presentation rating was 69.71, nearly three full factors over Wagner’s.
Not solely will Wagner miss out on the Olympic Video games, however she was not named to the group for the World Championships group. She was assigned to 4 Continents competitors as an alternative.
On Saturday morning, Wagner tweeted, “As an athlete, I am allowed to be mad. As a senior competitor with over 10 years of expertise, I am allowed to query issues. On the finish of the day, I laid out my greatest and I am going house proud! Congrats to the stunning women of the group, you have obtained me in your cheering squad now!”
As an athlete, I am allowed to be mad. As a senior competitor with over 10 years of expertise, I am allowed to query issues. On the finish of the day, I laid out my greatest and I am going house proud! Congrats to the stunning women of the group, you have obtained me in your cheering squad now!- Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) January 6, 2018
Tennell, the surprising victor, will attend each Worlds and the Olympic Video games alongside Chen and Nagasu.
“I am unable to consider it,” Tennell stated of her victory. “I am unable to put it into phrases. I feel the sky is the restrict for me.”
The U.S. Determine Skating Championships proceed Saturday at eight p.m Jap on NBC with the boys’s free-skate occasion. The Olympics begin Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.