Former Eagle River skater makes US Olympic team despite falls

The Sports NetworkJanuary 12, 2014 

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner was added to the women's Olympic figure skating team Sunday.

Wagner, formerly of Eagle River, finished fourth in this year's U.S. championships, which concluded Saturday, but was awarded one of the three spots for the Sochi Games on Sunday by U.S. Figure Skating.

Joining Wagner will be U.S. champion Gracie Gold and runner-up Polina Edmunds. Mirai Nagasu was not given a spot despite her third-place finish Saturday. She was fourth in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

"I'm disappointed in the decision," Nagasu said in a statement. "Though I may not agree with it, I have to respect the decision the federation made. And I'm grateful to everyone who has supported me and look forward to what comes next in my skating career."

The men's team was named later Sunday after the free skate at nationals. Gold medalist Jeremy Abbott and runner-up Jason Brown will be going to Sochi.

Wagner was fifth in last year's world championships and came up short of the Vancouver Olympics four years ago when she finished third in the U.S. championships and the Americans had just two spots in the 2010 Games.

"It's been a long 4 years to this point," wrote Wagner on her Twitter feed Sunday. "I'm so proud and incredibly grateful that I'll be representing my country at the Olympics in Sochi!"

The three ice dance teams going to Sochi will be 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani. Davis and White won their sixth straight U.S. title on Saturday.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, the pairs champions from Saturday, will be joined in Russia by runners-up Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay.

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