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.