Being one of the world's best means you get to have an ego. As long as you're not a jerk about it and don't go around biting people (either figuratively or literally), I don't see what the problem is.
Sure, the ladies may not have the egos of Plushy or a Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar but just a different way of showing their competitive streaks.
Make of it what you will, but Wagner had this to say at the end of an NBC piece where they had her analyze her free skate:
Paraphrasing here - maybe when I have more time I'll turn it into a direct transcript...but this should be very close
ETA: Methinks the whole Wagner/Nagasu mess and all the negativity she dealt with in the lead-up made her uncharacteristically defensive throughout the entire Olympics"I'm fist-pumping going home from Sochi, because....you know what, I had so many people saying 'You don't belong here', 'You don't deserve it'...and it's hard to hear anyone take away your Olympic dream...and I think I did a pretty good job of showing these people that I'm here, I'm happy to be here...and...I put out 3 clean performances, I was the only US lady to go clean, so...for anyone who doesn't think I belong here, take a look at that and have a nice day"
I think her definition of clean must be that there were no falls, but imo that hardly makes a program clean.
I feel that people are putting a lot of words/thoughts in Ashley's mouth that aren't there.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 07-08-2014 at 12:36 PM.
I'm pretty sure that's how she sees it too... falls/major errors = not clean... minor errors or URs = clean. "Visibly" clean if you will. Obviously, it's not accurate as far as typical definitions of the word "clean", but she didn't skate horribly either.
That would be quite the quote..."I deserved to go to Sochi....I was the only American who didnt "skate horribly""...of course it would need quotes within the quote
Or just a good snarcasm quote....
In all seriousness people are more harsh on Ashley than she ever was in her quotes or interviews. Back off people. Let the girls speak their minds. It's much more interesting when true emotions come out.
Gracie was nice as well when I talked with her and asked for a picture in the olympic village (even though she was in pajamas lol).
All the team USA figure skaters that I met were nice and gracious and happy to take pictures/sign autographs. The only ones who didn't want to sign autographs were V/T and Adelina (after her win; before that she didn't care, though she looked at me funny when I asked for an autograph in English-- I guess she was expecting Russian).
The person actually surprised me most was Plushenko... Despite being how he conducts himself during some interviews and how he comes off, he was really nice and signed lots and lots of autographs and took pictures with anyone who wanted them (especially since he's a megastar in Russia and that's pretty much all the Russians cared about).
Well, Ashley's mind is a bit 6.0, maybe. Under that type of thinking, her performances were fairly clean while Gracie's and Polina's weren't. I don't have much problem with her saying this, considering I think falls aren't punished severely enough these days.
No need for some comments here ragging on Gracie either though. While I'm not personally a fan of her skating, I wouldn't pretend to pass judgement on her character.
I've never heard of Plushy being anything but sweet to his fans. Not much of a diva sport, figure skating, when he's the best we've got.