Why is This U.S. Figure Skater Horrified? Check Out the Viral Photo

Photo of U.S. Olympian figure skater Ashley Wagner reacting to her score is circulating on the web.

Screen grab of Twitter feed.
Screen grab of Twitter feed.
By Greg Hambrick

A redemptive, powerhouse performance from Ashley Wagner during the team skating competition in Sochi was seen by even her toughest critics as a return to form after a poor performance last month at the U.S. National Championships.

But the routine didn't impress the judges, and the U.S. skater and West Potomac grad wore her shocked reaction on her face in a photo that is going viral.
As Huffington Post points out, "The two-time U.S. champion was very, very happy right up until the moment when she saw her score. In full view of those tuned in to NBC Sports Network and watching live streaming coverage of the event online, Wagner's jaw dropped upon learning the judges had awarded a 32.16 technical score and a 30.94 component score."

It was good enough to keep the U.S. team in the race to medal, but clearly not what Wagner was expecting.

"It wasn't what I was really hoping for," Wagner said when asked by Andrea Joyce of NBC about her score. "I know what the program is capable of and I know where the scores should be when I skate very well so I'll just take a look at the protocols."

The photo reminded many observers of an image of U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney looking "not impressed" during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The picture led to a playful recreation by the olympian and President Barack Obama during a White House visit.
tanya February 09, 2014 at 04:38 PM
And just like HuffPo and its regular use of hyperbole, you have overstated the headline by saying Ashley Wagner is "horrified". I saw the whole thing on TV as it happened and disappointed, yes, "horrified", no.
Debbie Proctor February 09, 2014 at 05:02 PM
I miss the local news coverage and Kristal Dixon
Chip Long February 09, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Sorry to say that there is toooooo much politics involved in many of the judging events. It is very disappointing.
Ace February 09, 2014 at 05:39 PM
The score seemed a bit low--and the Japanese girl's score seemed incredibly high considering she fell. But there are apparently technical details that account for this. The NBC commentators didn't seem too surprised.
Mel Cornin February 09, 2014 at 06:04 PM
She wasn't horrified, merely disappointed.
Lori Braycewski Balwierczak February 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM
She was robbed! Her routine was much better than the two that followed her and they scored higher!
Glyde Hannah February 09, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Please stick to Annapolis news and events. The Olympics, national news, and most everything else is already being handled/mishandled by many others.
mary glynn February 09, 2014 at 06:57 PM
get use to it. Its been that way for years. Americans Canadians will alway get low scores while Russians get higher scores. Unless a Russion falls a few times he not get high score.
Herc February 09, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Lot of politic's in skating!
chris February 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM
What does this have to do with my hometown. Why are you creating these generic articles?
david mokal February 10, 2014 at 05:55 AM
She has a disapointed look. She is not horrified. That look will get her alot of endorsements you'll see. In both pictures she is very atractive so she is a winner all around. I watched this also and she should have gotten a better score.
Susan James February 10, 2014 at 09:03 AM
I agree that the score should have been a higher, particularly in light of the score of the Japanese skater. BUT Ashley did herself no favor, when she ended her routine and had an attitude that seemed to flaunt her greatness. It would be interesting to know the political alliances of the judges.
PatchMaster February 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Scoring in figure skating has historically been a load of bullshit, why should this be any different or anyone be surprised.
LGHW February 10, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Her program didn't have anywhere near the most difficult jumps and she underrotated and double footed her highest point value combination. If you don't know the difference between the jumps, or can't tell what edge a skater is spinning on then you have no clue what the judges are judging. That makes you an uninformed viewer who wishes Ashley was a better skater than she was in that moment. Her marks were fair but her using profanity on a worldwide stage after she saw her marks is truly unacceptable. She only proved she is an entitled brat who shouldn't have been placed over Marai Nagasu on the Olympic team.
George February 10, 2014 at 04:26 PM
in the 30-30 show on ESPN, Tonya Harting said with out a doubt, if you dont kiss the asses of the judges, and show them affection, respect, etc. they do hold that against you. If someone had some insight, it would be her. She's got nothing to loose.
null February 10, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Mon, she prolly madd about dem Rushins y'all. Dey comyunist az hill.
John Santaella February 10, 2014 at 09:48 PM
big deal
Hopkin February 11, 2014 at 04:17 AM
What a cutie.


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