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Ashley Wagner, US figure skater was too photogenic to fail?

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Ashley Wagner too beautiful not to make it in the team?

A good decision? U.S Figure skater Ashley Wagner chosen over Mirai Nagasu and the world cries foul.

In the aftermath of being named a third place berth on the U.S Olympic female figure skating team, Ashley Wagner, once the golden girl of the sport has now come to find herself the subject of heightened scrutiny and hate.

The pouring of social media outrage came after fellow skater Mirai Nagasu was knocked out of an almost certain berth after Wagner fumbled on at least two separate occasions and coming in fourth amongst fellow competitors.

Since the contentious placing, fans of Nagasu have launched a tirade against Ashley Wagner with many questioning Wagner’s veracity to compete and the elimination process itself.

The outrage has led to Wagner opting out of social media until fate the Sochi games.

Told Wagner via People mag: ‘Twitter is a blessing and a curse at the same time. It’s tough to filter out the good things that you hear and the awful things that people will write, so I’m going cold turkey.’

Defending their decision, Pat St. Peter, president of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, said the national championships are not the Olympic qualifiers.

Told Peter: ‘If you look at Ashley Wagner’s record and performance, she’s got the top credentials of any of our female athletes.’

In trying to understand why Nagasu was overlooked, the wsj’s speakeasy hypothesized: 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.”

Which forces a consideration of what do we necessarily mean by sporting acumen if sporting achievement is now conditional on the look of the athlete?

Continues wsj: 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.

Either way, sporting enthusiasts are crying foul as a bygone tradition of merit paving the way of success is once again challenged in a society that increasingly is valuing (behind closed doors) status, looks and connections foremost. Something that may have always been the case except for a short period in the first place if history is a guide.

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  • hurricaneorleans

    You obviously know nothing about figureskating. Ashley earned her spot.

  • theregoesanotherolympics

    I hope that Wagner falls all over the place in Sochi…won’t be rooting for this greedy selfish wannabe. If she had any decency or honor she would decline that spot and give it to Mirai ….she’s riding stolen dreams to Sochi and how she keeps that smile on her face is beyond my comprehension…of course HER federation saw past one bad skate….HER being the key word here and she’s honored…she has no honor, integrity, or any sense of sportsmanship…GIVE MIRAI BACK HER DREAM….she earned it! She should have been 3rd in Vancouver but **gasp** a Canadian sob story robbed her….she has Olympic experience….she stands up under pressure…and set all that aside….SHE EARNED THAT TRIP!!! I, for one, will be hoping that Wagner makes a total fool of herself and the ‘officials’….and I will never buy another thing from one of her sponsors….just a bunch of jerks/officals who destroy incentive, mock hard work, and have no problem devastating and shattering the morale of skaters who work so hard only to have it all for nothing…Wagner doesn’t expect to medal…so why the HELL is she going…to view the sights?