Ashley Wagner Speaks Out Against Figure Skating Scoring
Ashley Wagner, the American figure skater, believes that something needs to be done about the state of the scoring by the judges in her sport.
Ashley Wagner Comments On Figure Skating Scores
In the long program on Thursday, Russian underdog Adelina Sotnikova captured the gold medal over favorite Yu-na Kim of Korea. Casual fans and those deeply entrenched in the world of figure skating alike were confounded about how Sotnikova managed to best the reigning gold medalist. Wagner, who placed seventh in the long program, believes that the tainted scoring reached down the list of participants.
Wager skated a clean program, one that she believed was her best of the season. Although Wagner doesn’t claim she deserved to be in contention for a medal, she feels strongly that she didn’t end up in the right place – two spots behind Yulia Lipnitskaya, who fell.
"I feel gypped," Wagner said, according to Yahoo! Sports. "People don't want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean."
Though Lipnitskaya, something of a figure skating prodigy, was favored to medal at Sochi, she fell in both her short and long programs. That pair of major, noticeable errors should have dropped her further down the rankings, according to Wagner. The American skater, who almost missed out on the Olympics because of a poor showing at nationals, thinks that the seemingly arbitrary scoring will be injurious to her sport.
“It’s confusing and we need to make it clear for people,” Wagner told The New York Times. “I’m speechless. This sport needs to be held accountable if it wants more people to believe in it.”
– Chelsea Regan
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