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Ashley Wagner ‘furious’ over U.S. Championships scores (video)

2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Day 1

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 03: Ashley Wagner and her coach Rafael Arutunian react to her score in the kiss and cry after skating in the Ladies Short Program during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 3, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Ashley Wagner said she was “absolutely furious,” underscored and that she deserved a spot on the three-woman U.S. Olympic team despite finishing fourth at nationals on Friday.

A full event recap is here. Here are some of Wagner’s comments:

“I’m furious. I am absolutely furious,” Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion, Olympian and 2016 World silver medalist, said minutes after the event ended. “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. I am a performer, and that second mark is just not there.”

“I am absolutely OK with [judges] being strict on my [jump] rotations. That’s what I think that U.S. Figure Skating should demand of their judges, but you know it needs to be across the board. I don’t necessarily feel like it’s been that way at this event, so we’ll see how things pan out.”

“Even though I’m mad about my score, that [free] program was such an experience for me. I skated with heart. I took a program that’s a month old, and I delivered something that was solid and something I’m proud of. It definitely can use a little bit more legwork, but that’s because it’s a month old. It was the right call, and I have no doubt in my mind that ‘La La Land’ was the program that was going to get me where I wanted to be.

“At this point it’s up to the selection committee to see what I have done this season. I don’t like this position that I’m in. You can always say that I put myself in this spot, but I think I had some help getting there.”

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