Olympian Ashley Wagner ‘I Was Gypped’

ashley-wagner-gifAshley Wagner slammed Winter Olympics figure skating judges after being pushed down to seventh in the ladies’ individual competition. She fought back tears feeling that two Russian skaters, gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova and fifth-place finisher Julia Lipnitskaia, had been given unfairly inflated scores.

She told Yahoo! ‘I feel gypped.’ She ended up behind Lipnitskaia, who fell in each of her programs; Mao Asada, who fell heavily during a disastrous short program; and fourth-place Gracie Gold, the fellow American who tumbled to the ice on Thursday.

‘People don’t want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean. It is confusing and we need to make it clear for you. To be completely honest, this sport needs fans and needs people who want to watch it.

People do not want to watch a sport where they see someone skate lights out & they can’t depend on that person to be the one who pulls through. People need to be held accountable.’

Wagner’s total of 193.20 was 7.37 points behind that of Lipnitskaia, the Russian sweetheart who won the hearts of the host nation with a pair of performances that helped win gold in the team competition. That was despite Lipnitskaia’s falling heavily on both nights and being visibly dismayed at her performance once she left the rink after her free skate.

‘They need to get rid of the anonymous judging. There are many changes that need to come to this sport if we want a fan base, because you can’t depend on this sport to always be there when you need it. The sport in general needs to become more dependable.;

Sotnikova won gold with an incredible score of 149.95 for her long program, 18 points above her previous season’s best. Defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea took silver, and Carolina Kostner of Italy secured bronze.

‘I am speechless,’ Wagner said, when asked how she felt the competition had transpired and Sotnikova had landed a gold medal that few saw coming. ‘The crowd was very supportive of the Russians, so to be a Russian figure skater must have been absolutely incredible to get out there.. period.

I came into this event knowing pretty well that that was how it was going to go. It is not fair to the skaters who work so hard to become noticed if they are not going to have a sport that backs up what they are doing.’

Wagner vowed to return in four years to have another crack at the Winter Games when they are held in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. So, too, did Gold and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds, who fell once in her long program but ended up in ninth place.

Gold’s outside chance of claiming a medal effectively evaporated when Kostner and Sotnikova skated so strongly immediately before she took her turn. Gracie: ‘Of course I hoped for a medal, but when that happened, I knew it was gone pretty much and that I was going to be fourth. I am happy with how the Olympics have gone for me. You always want to skate a clean program, but I couldn’t be happier.’

  • Grammy Winner Taylor Swift

    Russia kills gays, dogs, and now – figure skating.

    Is nothing safe from Putin?

    • cloe

      actually the chick who won Sotnikova did a great job -.- she deserved it

      • #CanadaIsWinter

        I dont think she did better than Kim Yuna who didn’t even make any noticeable mistakes. Silver maybe, but not gold over Kim Yuna

    • figure skater

      Have you even see the performance that won gold?!

    • GentieJewel

      Oh! Shut Up! You moron! They don’t kill anybody! Learn to read correctly!

  • Lily

    Pretty much all the judge scored events have been rigged. Look at the ice dance segment, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke records during their free skate, but the Americans beat that record one routine later? That’s no coincidence, the Russians were not expected to place, so it was convenient for them to let the other pair get gold. It wasn’t a secret that there were anterior motives. This American also obviously deserved to place higher, but if there are Russians also contending for medals… Please, who are they gonna look out for?

    BUT HEY, ITS THE OLYMPICS. WHEN HAVE THEY EVER BEEN COMPLETELY FAIR?

  • Taty

    I think the Gold Was well deserve by The russian girl, I even cry watching her, but for me Ashley should have won at least silver she did it great, but fell once and the korean one was impecable, so Ashley loose her chance

  • laura

    I find it quite funny that American athletes just can’t deal with losing. I saw her perform and she wasn’t that good compared to the others. A lot of athletes often overestimate themselves. Just deal with it and train harder.
    Nonetheless, I do feel that a lot of scores aren’t always fair. The girls that fell still got a pretty high rate, which I doubt is fair, but their overall skating was better. I don’t know what the judges look at but I definitely understand she is questioning the scores. What people also need to understand is that this is Russia, and you can’t do much about it..

    • Regina

      I believe that the reason Wagner was far down the score line was because the level she skated at was kinda low compared to japan and Russia. They pulled incredibly difficult jumps but didn’t land correctly but still get the high score. I guess that’s just how they work. But also, Ashley has been getting lots of flack because she didn’t compete very well at the competition prior to the Olympics. It in general just looked sloppy. And I believe you are right, a lot of athletes think too highly of their talent and find themselves in trouble. Maybe they shouldn’t have pick her.

      • laura

        You said what I wanted to say but then way better :) The thing with Russia and Japan is that they train a lot, they have this mind set that they need to win whilst most Americans are more like “we’re American, that’s reason enough to let us win’. I’m probably hurting a lot of people by saying this but it’s something I have noticed.
        There was this other American couple (brother and sister) and they weren’t too good either, they did their dance skating on Michael Jackson. They were really disappointed with their scores as well when I thought they deserved even less..

        • iWizard

          That’s exactly what the American mindset is. Like no; train and be the best. Nationality does not equate talent.

          • GentieJewel

            Stupid Reply!

        • GentileJewel

          You want to talk about traits with people then I wouldn’t go into your European snobbery! Or the fact that a lot of people are professional and work hard! You pick a few bad eggs and exploit it! Typical!

      • Let’s Not

        They shouldnt have picked her… she cheated out Mirai Nagasu. Mirai Nagasu should have gone to Sochi, she placed 3rd in the Nationals and all top 3 are supposed to go to Sochi. Yet Ashley placed 4th and they still chose her pshh Of course she didnt win anything at Sochi– she did horribly at nationals. Bottom line is that there is NO PRECEDENTS for NOT choosing the the top finishers at the Nationals, except for an injury. She didnt have the talent Mirai had and yet still took her place cause she has the “American” look smh. I hope the US team feels good going home with no medal. Elevating mediocrity to preserve the “image” of figure skating was racist and since Ashley won NOTHING as expected, the U.S looks stupid. The other skaters were waay above her league and it showed, Her comment and use of the ethnic slur just shows horrible sportsmanship and its embarrassing for the USA team.

        http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/mirai-nagasu-skating-controversy-did-race-play-a-part/

    • GentileJewel

      Snobbish yourself for thinking suddenly all Americans act the same! And exactly what does this is Russia mean!? The Olympian judging is only a committee in and of its self it isn’t local!!

  • Anon

    Yuna Kim was robbed

  • anna

    russians are placing because judges/putin are mad that the hockey team is out

  • boystan

    sports and stuff :/

  • Guest

    She cheated out Mirai Nagasu. Mirai Nagasu should have gone to Sochi, she placed 3rd in the Nationals and all top 3 are supposed to go to Sochi. Yet this girl placed 4th and they still chose her pshh Of course she didnt win anything at Sochi– she did horribly at nationals. She didn have the talent Mirai had and yet still took her place cause she has the “American” look smh. I hope the US team feels good going home with no medal, elevating mediocrity to preserve the “image” of figure skating was racist and since she won NOTHING as expected, the U.S looks stupid. The other skaters were waay above her league and it showed

    http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/mirai-nagasu-skating-controversy-did-race-play-a-part/