They followed their process. That’s why Ashley Wagner, who fell twice in Saturday night’s free skate at the US championships at TD Garden, was named to the Olympic figure skating team for next month’s Sochi Games and why Mirai Nagasu, who had her best skate in years and earned the bronze medal, was left off. “This is not the only event that US Figure Skating considers in selecting the team,” president Patricia St. Peter said after the team was announced at noon on Sunday.
If you want to know why the sporting public is baffled or turned off by the way that the kiss-and-cry sport operates, this was Exhibit A. Why should what happened a year ago have as much weight as what happened a day ago? But under the US association’s rules, which will keep you scrolling for a while, Wagner earned the spot based on her body of work. She could check all of the required boxes — the national, world championship, and Grand Prix results — and Nagasu could not. “You look at Ashley Wagner’s record and performance, she’s got the top credentials of any of our female athletes,” said St. Peter. “It’s an objective analysis.”