Ashley Wagner
American figure skater
Ashley Wagner
Ashley Wagner is an American figure skater. She is the 2012 Four Continents champion, the 2012 Skate America champion, the 2012 U.S. champion and a two-time (2008 and 2010) U.S. bronze medalist. She is a two-time (2007 and 2009) World Junior bronze medalist. She placed fourth at the 2012 World Championships.
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Toddler gets kidney from ailing dad's former classmate after Facebook plea - My Fox Boston
Google News - 13 days
My Fox Boston Toddler gets kidney from ailing dad's former classmate after Facebook plea My Fox Boston The past few years have been difficult for the Wagner family. According to "Today," Ryan and Ashley Wagner were high school sweethearts and got married in July 2013. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news. In December, Ashley ... 'Is It on Your Bucket List to Save a Life?': Woman Donates Kidney to Dying Friend's SonNBC Chicago Naperville boy receives lifesaving transplant from dad's long lost classmateWGN-TV Facebook Post Helps Toddler Get New Kidney From Parents' Ex-ClassmateCBS Local Inside Edition -Fox News -Fox 32 Chicago -ABC News all 38 news articles »
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Karen Chen wins women's U.S. figure skating title at 17
LATimes - about 1 month
Karen Chen probably didn't see Ashley Wagner giving her a curt nod from the ice, not with her face buried in her hands after another memorable performance at the U.S. figure skating championships.  The three-time champion was focused on warming up for her own performance in the free skate, yet...
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Teenager Karen Chen leads after short program at U.S. figure skating championships
LATimes - about 1 month
Karen Chen held off 20-something veterans Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold to put a teenage twist atop the short program leaderboard.  Chen had fans clapping for each splendid spin and the 17-year-old home schooled high school senior out of California floated in the air to “On Golden Pond.”  Maybe...
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Wagner leads (relatively) old guard for US figure skating
Fox News - about 1 month
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ashley Wagner remembers being glued to her TV in the winter of 1998, when a sprightly young figure skater named Tara Lipinski was dazzling the judges on her way to gold at the Nagano Olympics.
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Ashley Wagner wins Progressive Skate America short program
Fox News - 4 months
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) American Ashley Wagner won the Progressive Skate America short program Friday night with a score of 69.50, building on her second-place finish in the world championships.
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Ashley Wagner ignores her age and focuses on figure skating gold at 2018 Olympics
LATimes - 4 months
Ashley Wagner was 24 when she won a silver medal at the figure skating world championships this year and ended a decade-long medal shutout for American women, an advanced age in a sport that too often values youth and acrobatic jumping over assured artistry. Wagner shared the medal stand with winner...
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Ashley Wagner's Secrets for Success: Endless Laps Around the Rink
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
What took U.S. skating's Ashley Wagner and Adam Rippon to clutch performances this weekend at the world figure skating championships that have eluded them -- and others -- at big moments before?
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Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold highlight U.S. Figure Skating Championships
LATimes - about 1 year
While the Olympic focus has shifted to the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, it's still winter and this week brings the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. A showdown between Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold in the women's competition is drawing the most attention in Saint Paul, Minn. Wagner...
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Teenager Tuktamysheva takes world figure skating gold
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva took gold at the World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai Saturday, convincingly beating her rivals in a remarkable comeback season. The 18-year-old European Champion scored 132.74 in the final segment to finish with 210.36 overall, some distance in front of second placed Satoko Miyahara (193.60) of Japan and Russia's Elena Radionova (191.47) in third. Dancing to "Batwannis Beek" and "Sandstorm", the emerging star of women's skating looked less confident than in her opening short programme Thursday, but still did enough to top the segment, with Americans Gracie Gold (128.23) and Ashley Wagner (127.20) in second and third. Tuktamysheva was shaky on her opening triple Lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination at the start of her programme, but remained on her feet.
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Russian skater lands triple axel, leads at worlds
USA Today - almost 2 years
Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner struggle with opening jump combinations           
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Two Insider Books Take on Beauty Pageants and Figure Skating: The New Memoirs of Dick Button and Kate Shindle
Huffington Post - about 2 years
At the end of last month, on the same weekend, fans witnessed the coronation of two new queens. The first was ice princess Ashley Wagner, crowned the U.S. figure skating champion for the third time; the second was Miss Universe Paulina Vega from Colombia. The insights of two insiders who recently penned books on the glittery subcultures of pageantry and figure skating help us understand why these competitions endure among a committed group of fans despite flagging general popularity. Dick Button is one of the most successful figure skaters of all time, winning two Olympic gold medals and five U.S. national championships. With a decades-long career as a sports broadcaster and two Harvard degrees, he's about as insider as you can get when it comes to figure skating. In his self-published Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century -- and a Little Tomfoolery , Button details why he thinks the current scoring system (that favors tricks) and judging ...
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Ashley Wagner makes powerful statement in 3rd U.S. title
USA Today - about 2 years
The 23-year-old has found the fearlessness on the ice to match her off-ice persona.           
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Side trip to Austria gives Gold, Wagner chance to reboot
USA Today - about 3 years
Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner open individual women's competition on Wednesday
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Ashley Wagner had a special Valentine's Day wish
USA Today - about 3 years
The Olympian poked a bit of fun at herself on Twitter.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ashley Wagner
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 24
    In August 2016, Wagner spent three days working with Charyl Brusch on her spins, saying, "She just kind of stripped everything down and had me go back to basics.
    More Details Hide Details I plan on going back later this season and building on that." Unlike most skaters, Wagner spins and jumps clockwise. She has executed multiple triple-triple jump combinations in competition, including the 3F-3T, 3Lz-3T, and 3Lo-1Lo-3S. She landed the 3Lz-3Lo combination at the 2008 U.S. Nationals. Her signature elements include a Charlotte spiral and a bent-leg layover camel spin with both arms outstretched above her head. She dislikes spins. In November 2012, Nike began sponsoring Wagner. In December, she became one of Pandora Jewelry's style ambassadors. In October 2013, Wagner was named as a face of CoverGirl. GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Pewter medals for fourth-place finishes awarded only at U.S. national and regional events. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.
    Wagner finished her season by competing for Team North America at the inaugural 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Her performances greatly contributed to the team earning the gold medal.
    Wagner competed at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.
    More Details Hide Details She placed fourth in the short with a personal best score of 73.16. She then competed as the last skater in the free skate, placing second by scoring another personal best of 142.23, the highest free program score ever recorded by an American woman. Her performances earned her the silver medal, becoming the first American woman to win a medal at the World Championships in a decade.
    At the 2016 U.S. Championships, Wagner was awarded the bronze medal behind Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds.
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    She is the 2016 World silver medalist, 2012 Four Continents champion, a three-time Grand Prix Final medalist, winner of four Grand Prix events (2012 Skate America; 2012 and 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard; 2015 Skate Canada), and a three-time U.S. national champion (2012, 2013, and 2015).
    More Details Hide Details Wagner was named to the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics and won a bronze medal in the team event. Ashley Wagner is the first child and only daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Eric Wagner, U.S. Army (retired) and Melissa James, a former schoolteacher. A military brat, Wagner was born on a U.S. Army Base in Heidelberg, Germany, where her father was stationed at the time. Her younger brother, Austin, attends Pratt Institute in New York; he also was a skater and competed on the national level. Because Wagner's father was in the military, her family moved seven times during her childhood; they settled in northern Virginia when she was ten years old. Besides Germany, she has lived in California, Alaska, Kansas, Washington State, and Virginia. Wagner currently lives in southern California but considers Seabeck, Washington, her home.
  • 2015
    Age 23
    Those results qualified her for the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final.
    More Details Hide Details At the Final she placed 6th in the short program, third in the free skate, and 4th place overall.
    Wagner's two Grand Prix assignments for the 2015–16 season were 2015 Skate Canada International and 2015 NHK Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details She began her season by winning the gold medal at Skate Canada. She then went onto placing 4th at the NHK Trophy.
    At the 2015 World Team Trophy, she ranked fourth in both segments and Team USA won the event.
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    At the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, Wagner placed 11th in the short program, third in the free skate, and 5th overall.
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    At the 2015 U.S. Championships, Wagner won both the short program and free skate, setting a new U.S. record score of 221.02.
    More Details Hide Details Since Michelle Kwan in 1999, Wagner is the first U.S. senior ladies figure skater to win three national championships
  • 2014
    Age 22
    For the 2014–15 season, Wagner was assigned to the 2014 Skate Canada and the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard.
    More Details Hide Details After winning silver at Skate Canada behind Russia's Anna Pogorilaya and bronze at Trophée Bompard behind Russia's Elena Radionova and Yulia Lipnitskaya, she qualified in the last spot for the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona. Wagner is the first American woman since Michelle Kwan to qualify for three consecutive Grand Prix Finals. At the Grand Prix Final, Wagner placed sixth in the short program and third in the long program to win the bronze medal behind Russians Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Radionova. The bronze is Wagner's third consecutive Grand Prix Final medal.
    She continued on to compete at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, where she placed seventh in the short program, fourth in the free skate, and finished in seventh place overall.
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    Despite the result, she was named to the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to her strong international record, which is considered under the selection criteria.
    More Details Hide Details Following the U.S. Championships, she also announced her return to her Samson and Delilah free program. She won a team bronze medal at the Olympics.
    After both a poor short program where she finished 4th, falling twice and only landing four triples during the free program, Wagner finished fourth at the 2014 U.S. Championships.
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  • 2013
    Age 21
    Her next assignment was the 2013 Trophée Éric Bompard where she won gold and qualified for the 2013–14 Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.
    More Details Hide Details Wagner won bronze at the final behind Yulia Lipnitskaya after placing third in both segments.
    In the 2013–14 ISU Grand Prix season, Wagner won silver at her first event, the 2013 Skate America.
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    Wagner placed second at the 2013 World Team Trophy and the United States won the event.
    More Details Hide Details One week later, Phillip Mills, her choreographer, announced that he had given Wagner his resignation. On April 24, John Nicks said he would no longer travel but would still coach Wagner at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace. On June 25, Wagner said she would also train in Lake Arrowhead, California with Rafael Arutyunyan, who would accompany her to competitions.
    Wagner's luggage with her skates was lost on her way to the 2013 World Championships but arrived before the evening practice on March 12.
    More Details Hide Details She placed fifth at Worlds, while her teammate, Gracie Gold, placed sixth. With these placements, they gained three spots for the Olympics and World Championships.
    At the 2013 U.S. Championships, Wagner placed first in the short program, second in the free skate after falling twice and two-footing her salchow jump, and was able to edge out Gracie Gold to win her second straight national title.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first U.S. ladies' single skater to win consecutive national titles since Michelle Kwan in 2005.
  • 2012
    Age 20
    In a November 2012 interview, Wagner said, "Nicks changed my technique a little bit but not a ton.
    More Details Hide Details The mental aspect of my training is where he really has helped me because confidence leads to consistency under pressure." At the Grand Prix Final in December, Wagner placed second in the short. A pair of hard falls during the free skate injured her left hip (hip pointer) and bruised her right knee but she was able to complete the program and finished fourth in the segment. In the overall standings, she finished with the silver medal, just ahead of Japan's Akiko Suzuki.
    At the 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard, she was second in the short and first in the long and won her second GP title, qualifying for the 2012 Grand Prix Final.
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    At her first Grand Prix assignment of the season, the 2012 Skate America, Wagner placed first in both programs and won her first gold on the GP series.
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    Her scores at the Four Continents event were the highest overall for a world lady all season and her free program score was the second highest of the season behind Carolina Kostner's gold medal winning free skate at the 2012 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details At the World Championships, Wagner was eighth in the short program after stepping out of her triple flip. She placed third in the free skate with a seven triple program, and 4th overall, thus securing two spots for U.S. ladies at the 2013 Worlds.
    After her U.S. Championship win, Wagner was assigned to both the 2012 Four Continents Championships and the 2012 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details At Four Continents, she placed second in the short program after two-footing a planned triple flip-triple toe combination and successfully landing her triple loop and double axel. She placed first in a free skate which included six triples and won the gold medal ahead of two time world champion Mao Asada.
    At the 2012 U.S. Nationals, she ranked third in the short program.
    More Details Hide Details She was first in the free program and won her first national title.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2011
    Age 19
    At the 2011 NHK Trophy, Wagner placed fifth in the short program and third in the freeskate to finish 4th overall.
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    Wagner began the 2011–12 season at the 2011 Skate Canada International.
    More Details Hide Details She placed second in the short program and third in the freeskate to win the bronze medal overall.
    In June 2011, Wagner announced that she would move to Aliso Viejo, California to train with John Nicks and Phillip Mills at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace.
    More Details Hide Details She quit her part-time job at a jeans store and used some of the money she had been saving for college to move across the country.
  • 2010
    Age 18
    At 2010 Cup of Russia she won the bronze medal.
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    Wagner had practiced her new long program only about six times before she competed at 2010 NHK Trophy where she finished 5th.
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    A racing heartbeat which had long bothered Wagner became more frequent during the summer before the 2010–11 season.
    More Details Hide Details She also began to suffer violent full-body muscle spasms which her coach Priscilla Hill said were "some of the most horrific things I've ever seen." She saw a number of physicians who were unable to determine the cause. Finally, chiropractor and muscle specialist Steve Mathews revealed that tension in her neck muscles was causing one of her vertebrae to be pushed out of place, squeezing various nerves; a physical therapy program reduced the problems.
    She was placed on the team to the 2010 Junior Worlds, but withdrew from the team before the event.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time Wagner started her own YouTube channel. She is also an avid user of Twitter and Facebook.
    At the 2010 U.S. Nationals, Wagner won her second bronze medal.
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  • 2009
    Age 17
    After winning the bronze medal at the 2009 NHK Trophy, she qualified for the Grand Prix Final.
    More Details Hide Details At the Final, Wagner ranked last in the short program, fourth in the free skate, and fourth overall.
    For the 2009–10 Grand Prix season, Wagner was assigned to compete at the 2009 Rostelecom Cup, at that event she won the silver medal.
    More Details Hide Details In the process she set new personal best scores in her long program and her combined score.
    She won the pewter medal at the 2009 U.S. Nationals and represented the United States at the 2009 Junior Worlds in Sofia, Bulgaria where she placed third, winning her second junior world medal.
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  • 2008
    Age 16
    Her next event was the 2008 NHK Trophy, where she again finished fourth.
    More Details Hide Details In the process she set new personal bests in the short program and her combined score.
    For the 2008–09 Grand Prix of figure skating season, Wagner was assigned to compete at 2008 Cup of China where she finished fourth.
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    In June 2008, Wagner announced that she would be leaving her longtime coach Shirley Hughes to begin working with Priscilla Hill in Wilmington, Delaware.
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    At the 2008 World Championships in Goteburg, Sweden, she finished 16th after placing 11th in the short program and 15th in the long program.
    More Details Hide Details She fell once in her free skate.
    At the 2008 Four Continents in Goyang, South Korea, Wagner finished twelfth in the short program, fifth in the free skate, and eighth overall.
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    Because of her third-place finish at the 2008 Nationals, Wagner earned a bye to the 2009 U.S. Nationals.
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    In January 2008, Wagner competed on the senior level for the first time at the 2008 U.S. Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota.
    More Details Hide Details She placed second in the short program behind Mirai Nagasu after landing a triple Lutz-triple loop combination. In the free skate, she placed second again, this time behind Rachael Flatt, after landing seven triples including another triple Lutz-triple loop combination. She finished with the bronze medal overall behind Nagasu and Flatt. Because Nagasu, Flatt, and pewter-medalist Caroline Zhang were too young to compete at an ISU Senior Championship event, Wagner was the only medal winner to be named to the Four Continents and World Championships teams.
  • 2007
    Age 15
    Two weeks later, Wagner won her first senior international medal at the 2007 Trophée Éric Bompard in Paris, France.
    More Details Hide Details She placed third behind reigning World silver medalist Mao Asada and reigning U.S. National Champion Kimmie Meissner. She finished second in the long program ahead of Meissner and only lost to Meissner in the final standings by .11 points. During her fall Grand Prix events, Wagner attempted the triple Lutz-triple loop combination for the first time in competition, but it was downgraded by the technical callers because her attempts were not fully rotated. Discussing her first year on the Grand Prix, Wagner said, "Competing on the Grand Prix has forced my skating to mature. I'm a senior lady now, and I need to perform like one."
    She made her senior international debut at the 2007 Skate Canada International in Quebec City, Quebec, where she placed fifth overall.
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    Wagner moved up to the senior level both nationally and internationally for the 2007–08 season.
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    At the 2007 Junior Worlds in Oberstdorf, Germany, she landed seven triple jumps in her long program.
    More Details Hide Details She finished with the bronze medal behind Zhang and Nagasu, completing the first-ever American sweep of the World Junior podium.
    Her bronze medal at the 2007 Nationals was the first time she had placed in the top three at the national championships.
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    At the 2007 U.S. Nationals in Spokane, Washington, Wagner placed third behind Mirai Nagasu and Caroline Zhang, earning herself a spot on the World Junior Championships team.
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  • 2006
    Age 14
    In the 2006–07 season, Wagner made her Junior Grand Prix debut.
    More Details Hide Details She won both the Junior Grand Prix event in Courchevel, France, and the event in The Hague, Netherlands. Her wins qualified her for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she won the silver medal behind fellow American Caroline Zhang, with a final score of 142.01.
    At the 2006 U.S. Nationals in St. Louis, Missouri, Wagner finished fourth on the junior level, earning the pewter medal.
    More Details Hide Details After the event, Wagner was named to the U.S. team for the Triglav Trophy in Slovenia, her first major international competition and where she made her international junior debut. There she landed six triple jumps, including a triple toe-triple toe combination, in her long program to move up from third in the short program to first overall.
  • 2005
    Age 13
    For the 2005–06 season, Wagner moved up to the junior level.
    More Details Hide Details She won both the Northwest Pacific Regional and Pacific Coast Sectional competitions again to qualify for the National Championships.
  • 2004
    Age 12
    Wagner qualified for her first U.S. Championships in the 2004–05 season after placing first at both the Northwest Pacific Regionals and the Pacific Coast Sectionals.
    More Details Hide Details Competing on the novice level, she placed seventh at Nationals.
    She won the silver medal at her regional competition, the first step to qualifying for the national championships, but placed 10th at her sectional competition and did not qualify for the 2004 National Championships.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 10
    In the 2002–03 season, Wagner qualified for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, which are the national championships of the United States for figure skaters at the juvenile and intermediate levels.
    More Details Hide Details Wagner placed 17th at the Intermediate level. The following season she tested up to the novice level.
    Wagner later trained in Kansas City and Tacoma, Washington until her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she was taught by Tonya Harding's former coach, Dody Teachman. In January 2002, Wagner began training with Shirley Hughes in Alexandria, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Jill Shipstad-Thomas choreographed her competitive programs.
  • 1998
    Age 6
    In 1998, Wagner watched Tara Lipinski win the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics on television.
    More Details Hide Details From that moment, she decided that she wanted to compete in the Olympics too.
  • 1991
    Born
    Born on May 16, 1991.
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