Please Ashley, just skate. The USA is sending NON COMPETING athletes like King and Boitano so they can speak up without reprisal. I fear Ashley will have a Mirai backlash, as Russians love a good skater and Mirai nagasu was the lights out performer of the Olympics. I liked her better than the top 3. Joannie was so brave, and very good-her Sp was the most moving Sp I have seen. Not since Sergei died and Katia skated for him have I been sobbing for a skater. But 16 year old adoreable firecracker Mirai, already a US Champ skated great, as did Flatt. Her Sp was delightful. Mirai skated without fear, it was amazing how good our two girls did. Everyone who remembers Vancouver vividly remembers skaters in ladies 1-4.
Back to topic. I do not agree with Putin. It is scary. But NBC has actually hired a married gay man Weir who WILL be outspoken and may kiss his husband in public to see if American media/athletes are safe, or prove a point. Johnny made it easier for other gays to come out-like Brian after 40 years.
I personally feel Ashley needs to be a little selfish, and just do her job-which is to skate the heck out of Pink Floyd and Samson and Delilah, and try to win a medal. Her thoughts will be picked up world wide if it is Ashley Wagner, America's pretty ice princess who won the bronze. And I think if she skates clean, she can win as she should get high PCS-she is a very polished skater with the best LP.
I guess I am selfish because there will be many people speaking out, and as a competitor, there could be a backlash against her by the Russian judge. Lets be real, what Ashley has to say is not that important.
BTW, what has frontrunner Kim said publicly about this? I imagine millions of people can be swayed in Korea by Kim YuNa, and also her fans outside Korea.