SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Ashley Wagner called out judges at the U.S. figure skating championships Friday night for her scores in the free skate, which put in jeopardy her chances of returning to the Olympics.
Wagner scored a 130.85 in her strongest event for 196.19, with Karen Chen beating her out for third with a 198.59.
”I’m furious, I am absolutely furious,” Wagner said. ”I know when I go and I lay it down and I absolutely left one jump on the table, but for me to put out two programs that I did at this competition as solid as I skated and to get those scores, I am furious and I think deservedly so.”
The 26-year-old three-time national champion and Sochi team bronze medalist missed the podium, placing fourth. She seemed unconcerned that her public criticism could affect how the selection committee decides on the three women chosen for the Pyeongchang Games. That will be announced early Saturday.
Wagner hit all of her early jumps but made a couple of mistakes in the second half of her ”La La Land” routine she said was absolutely the right choice despite skating it for only a month.
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