Ashely is going to Sochi with so much baggage that I don't think she will be able to over come. Hopefully, she won't give a performance like czisny did at her last worlds, but I won't be surprised if she does. She needs to drop the 3/3. It really is hard to understand what happened.
I think her boots causing blisters if that is indeed true had to cause even more anxiety. Talk about horrible timing. Boot problems are a nightmare for skaters. Kevin Reynolds lost almost of all this season with boot issues. But i think what happened in 2010 started to creep into her head also and it made her jittery.
I say it heavily depends on whether she can overcome such a setback...in such a short amount of time.
And yes, Gold has a chance at a medal...but she must deliver. She has crumbled even more spectacularly than Wagner under pressure before, so it's a toss up...
Hate tweets force U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner off social media until after Olympics
She became the skater that people started to hate over the weekend after she was shockingly named to the U.S. Olympic team. Now Ashley Wagner has sworn off social media until after the Olympics to avoid any more firestorm.
At the Olympics, for the most part I don't think the judges give a hoot what happened at home - Wylie being the best example imo. He had never even made a Worlds podium and had imploded constantly throughout his career - but the Olympic judges didn't hold that against him. That being said, if everyone hits in Sochi, whether they make the podium or not, I think that Gracie is going to be the top-ranked American - she's just that much better than her teammates and has improved massively since last year especially artistically. She's no ballerina but she's not marching and windmilling her arms anymore.
Not sure where you guys are, but the story is on all the major networks here in NY.
So sad...I think Ashley will find it hard to medal but it is not impossible. She will have the pressure and emotional baggage with what has happened THe media and the public are powerful. This could have gone undetected but now that everyone has dramatized it well I am not sure anyone is the winner. The USFSA is decimated. A lot wrongfully blame Ashley for the decision but she made her own bedby not competing well. Mirai is going to get a lot of s ympathy but also some who just got fed up with her - waiting for her to peak abut goign nowhere for so long. What is lost is Mirai didn't skate all that brilliantly at nationals and has had a long lull and has fallen well short of what was anticipated after her fourth place finish at 2010 olympics and leading worlds in 2010 before her fall from grace (didn't she almost have it all) so to speak.