Updated: Monday, 13 January 2014 03:42 | By Agence France-Presse

Wagner in, Nagasu snubbed for US Olympic team

Two-time US women's champion Ashley Wagner was named to the American squad for the Sochi Olympics over Mirai Nagasu on Sunday despite a fourth-place showing at the US championships.


Wagner in, Nagasu snubbed for US Olympic team

Mirai Nagasu (L) and Ashley Wagner (R) stand at the podium during the medal ceremony following the free skate program during the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts

US Figure Skating only uses the national finals results as a guide to selecting its Olympic team, but also takes into account results over the past year.

That's how Wagner fell twice in the free skate but was able to qualifying for a trip to Sochi next month despite struggling to a distant fourth on Saturday behind champion Gracie Gold, 18, and runner-up Polina Edmunds, 15, and Nagasu, who finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Wagner was fifth in last year's world championships, helping give the Americans three places in Sochi, but failed to reach Vancouver in 2010, when she was third at the US nationals but the Americans had only two berths in the women's event.

"It's been a long 4 years to this point," Wagner wrote on her Twitter page Sunday. "I'm so proud and incredibly grateful that I'll be representing my country at the Olympics in Sochi!"

Wagner tweeted 13 hours earlier: "I am so sorry. I let you all down."

US Figure Skating's other Olympic selections went according to the results of Saturday's finals at Boston.

Reigning world champions and six-time US champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, runners-up Madison Chock and Evan Bates and third-place siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were named in ice dance.

US pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and runners-up Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay were named in pairs.

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