LOL - that's awesome, I'm sure Maxim Kovtun and his team will be glad to hear that, according to this RBC Holding media conglomerate, his spot for Sochi over Plushenko is secure, since he won the Russian Nationals... And sending Plushenko would be "not according to sport principle"Without actually accusing the judges of promoting a human rights agenda over fair play, the article calls the unprecedented nature of Wagner's selection "not according to sport principal"
more drumbeat from the Nytimes: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/...e-golden-girl/
though Wagner has no chance to medal in Sochi, ditching the internet might save her some physochological problems in Sochi
almost feel sorry for her
I’m talking about fans of Mirai Nagasu, the 20-year-old figure skater whose Olympic hopes were dashed this week when U.S. Figure Skating made the shocking decision to ignore her bronze medal in the U.S. National Championships — the event that traditionally determines the candidates selected as Olympians — and instead pick 22-year-old Ashley Wagner, who placed a distant fourth after falling twice in her routines, for the team that would represent America in Sochi.
So why was Wagner ultimately chosen over Nagasu? The skating federation pointed to Nagasu’s spotty record over the past 12 months, and to Wagner’s higher overall standing in global rankings. But given the dramatic and unprecedented nature of USFS’s decision, it’s hard not to see other reasons for the slight — conscious or unconscious.
Wagner’s flowing blond hair, bellflower-blue eyes and sculpted features mark her as a sporting archetype: She’s the embodiment of the “golden girl” the media has extolled when they’ve waxed poetic about idealized ice queens of the past, from Norway’s Sonja Henie to East Germany’s Katarina Witt, a marketer’s dream who’s already signed up tent-pole sponsors like Nike, Pandora Jewelry and CoverGirl, which assessed her Teutonic beauty as being worthy of serving as one of their global “faces.”
Pundits are largely more discreet these days. No one will state outright that Nagasu may have had her dream punctured because Wagner better conforms to USFS’s central casting fantasy, and the millions in corporate support that might follow it.
And even if they did, none will point out the obvious: That with Wagner, silver winner Polina Edmunds and gold medalist Gracie Gold (talk about central casting fantasies!), the U.S.A. will be taking to the ice with a porcelain-skinned, blond-tressed triple-threat, any of whom will unleash a geyser of sponsorship money if she manages to earn a chunk of Sochi metal for the motherland. That’s been left for Nagasu’s fans, who briefly pushed the Twitter hashtag #MiraiEarnedIt into prominence on the microblog, hoping to generate empathy for her plight.
But if Wagner’s “all-American” looks played any role in her selection — and of course, we’ll probably never really know — the real irony is this: blue-eyed, blonde Wagner was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Nagasu, meanwhile, was born in Montebello, Calif.
And as if the Russian Federation has never been corrupt - Alexei Yagudin never won a National title for a reason. They didn't like him. Plushenko was always their Golden Boy.
I've always liked Ashley but think USFSA made a mistake. The rules should be changed making the US championships an Olympic trial. I've been supremely frustrated that Mirai has been so in and out (mostly out) the past several years but to her credit she skated 2 excellent programs and deserved to be on the team. That being said it's certainly within the realm of possibility for Ashley to skate at least as well as she did at last yr's Worlds and be in the top 5, with higher PCS than Gracie will get. I believe she hit her 3/3 in every comp this yr leading up to last week, and I think she can do it again. She could also totally blow up but I'm hoping not. Uncle Dick always said any country's nationals provokes the most anxiety and that obviously happened to her.
Not being National champion didn't hurt Wylie, Lipinksi, Hughes, Yagudin, or Lysacek at their respective Olympics. Wylie, who had a history of bombing programs, won silver and the rest became Olympic Champions - the Olympic judges at each of those skater's Games didn't seem to care - so your theory doesn't hold up.
Very low. It was low to begin with.
Are people honestly surprised the Russian media is trying to smear Wagner?
They're still shaking in their boots that an outspoken athlete, who can potentially deny their own athletes a medal, is going. Of course they'll say whatever they can to bring her down.
Whatever, Ashley doesn't give a crap about the haters.
Fact: Ashley still has way more GP medals than Gold, has actual GOLD medals internationally (which Gracie hasn't earned), has the highest World ranking of the US women, and is so decorated that she's the only US woman who could get away with a 4th place finish and still go to Sochi because of how consistent she's been. The only thing Gold has over Ashley is a single US championship -- which is also her first win over Ashley in all of the meetings these two have had.
I'm really curious as to what your skating background is, as you strike me as a couch skater (or couch hater, if you will) -- the type who barely set foot on the ice as a kid, barely skates even recreationally as an adult (if your immaturity even lends us to calling you that), and certainly hasn't competed because otherwise you would have much greater respect for athletes who are trying their hardest to do something that is inherently very hard to begin with. You should be ashamed of yourself, but shame is clearly something you're incapable of because shame requires respecting oneself... which is hardly likely in your case, considering the disrespect you show towards others.
There's only one thing that's worn out, and that's your constant put-downs, broken record repetitive tripe about Ashley worn out/Sotnikova being a headcase/Tukt having weight issues/etc., and your general disdain for the world. Our sport is something that is supposed to be positive, and while criticism is welcome, there is absolutely no need for the crap you've been spewing.
Gracie Gold is reigning National Champion, has the full backing of the USFS
has tons of media attention already , touted as a gold medal contender by the US media
if she is clean she will be vying with Kim Yuna for the gold medal
if that isn't momentum I don't know what is
Wagner barely doesn't get any media news, only scandal involving her and Mirai, that is news for the wrong reasons
and will be bad for her PCS who will fall in Sochi.