Shades of McKayla Maroney at the Iceberg Skating Palace last night: Above is Ashley Wagner moments after receiving a score of 63.10 in the short program of the ladies team competition, which placed her in fourth behind Mao Asada, a Japanese skater who actually fell during her routine.
You’re probably used to skaters looking stone-faced whenever they hear an unexpected score. This is kind of the opposite of that.
Wagner was already a controversial figure at the Olympics—she fell several times during the U.S. figure skating championships in Boston last month, yet still qualified for the Games over the possibly more deserving Mirai Nagasu. For her detractors, saying “bullshit” in front of an American flag is like catnip.
But we’re way too
jingoistic patriotic to hate any American Olympic athlete right now. U-S-A. U-S-A. U-S-A. YOU DO YOU, WAGNER.
[Photo: Robert Deutsch/USA Today]