Ashley Wagner: Viral photo 'absolutely hilarious'

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm •  Published: February 15, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Ashley Wagner is impressed.

The morning after her first performance of the Olympics, the American figure skater saw that a friend had posted a photo to her Facebook wall. It captured her sour expression after an unexpectedly low score for her short program in the team competition — and it was going viral.

"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this is either going to be really good or really bad,'" she said Saturday. "Luckily, people thought it was funny."

So does Wagner. Candid and outspoken, the two-time U.S. champion isn't one to be distressed by some social media chatter. Quite the opposite.

She calls the meme "absolutely hilarious" and "one of the most awesome things that ever happened to me in my life."

It's figure skating's version of "McKayla Maroney is Not Impressed," the shot of the U.S. gymnast's displeasure at winning silver that was the sensation of the 2012 Summer Games.

Wagner recalls finding that amusing at the time, and now she's the subject.

"As athletes in front of a spotlight, it can literally be 0.2 seconds, and that one snapshot can say a lot about a small amount of time," she said.

In her case, Wagner wasn't thrilled with her marks for what had appeared to be a sharp program last Saturday. She was feeling invigorated when she came off the ice — the performance was just what she needed after falling twice in her free skate at the U.S. Championships, jeopardizing her spot on the Olympic team.

Then her score of 63.10 points popped up.

"I'm the type of person where what you see is what you get," Wagner said. "Maybe I might be a pretty decent figure skater out on the ice, but in the kiss-and-cry, I still haven't mastered that figure skater attitude where you sit there and smile until the bitter end."



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