Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/12/14
In what looks like a last minute effort to force a particular America's Sweetheart on the country this winter, the U.S. Figure Skating Association on Sunday rescued its highest-ranked athlete, Ashley Wagner, naming her to the Olympic team for Sochi while dropping Mirai Nagasu.Nagasu was left off the women's figure skating team for Sochi — leapfrogged by Wagner—  despite finishing ahead of Wagner at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, reported USA TODAY Sports.The USFSA defended its decision by saying that it made an 'objective analysis' before making the move.That move set a fresh precedent for the USFSA, because the federation had never before bumped a skater after he or she placed high enough at nationals to qualify for the Winter Games. In the past, qualifying skaters from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships had only been bumped by the federation when injuries prevented top-tier competitors from performing at nationals.Wagner finished fourth on Saturday, behind Nagasu in thi...
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