Nagasu, Tennell, Chen earn US Olympic figure skating spots
SAN JOSE, Calif/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships, were selected Saturday to the U.S. team for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously about the marks after the free skate, was not included. Four years ago, Wagner also finished fourth but was placed on the team ahead of Nagasu. Wagner wound up with a bronze medal in the team event.
“I really took time to remodel myself, because I didn’t want to feel that regret,” Nagasu said during the announcement on NBC‘s “Today” show. “This has been about my journey and my goal to get here. To accomplish it last night has been a dream come true.”
The 19-year-old Tennell and Chen, 18, the 2017 U.S. winner, made their first Olympics. Nagasu, now 24, was fourth at the 2010 Games.
Alternates are Wagner (first alternate), Mariah Bell (second alternate) and Angela Wang (third alternate). Only Wagner has been to an Olympics among those three.
U.S. Figure Skating uses a committee to decide the squad, and it went with the results of Friday night. Past performances and a variety of other data are included in the decision making.
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