Olympic Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Is Totally The New McKayla Maroney



You know that thing where you’re an accomplished athlete and you’re invited to compete at the Olympics, and you get out there and perform, like, the best performance of all time, so good that you eagerly anticipate the judges’ scores because you just know they’re going to be amazing?  You’re cheering and smiling like Miss America, because this is your moment.  And then the judges reveal their scores, and… it’s the most crushing blow of all time because they’re way lower than you thought and oh my god, is that a camera catching this moment of tangible disappointment?  And you’re thinking, “Am I going to be a GIF in the morning?” Welcome to U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner‘s life today,

It’s all fun and games until the Sochi judges crush your hopes and dreams. Despite her very visible unhappiness with the score, Wagner still managed to smile as she waved to those applauding. Probably sensing that she was about to become an internet sensation ala McKayla Maroney, she came up with a nice save:

“To score that low was very disappointing for me.  But honestly, this was more about me and my performance and proving to everyone that I belong here.”

Despite everything, Wagner still placed fourth in the women’s short program segment of the figure skating team event and the U.S. team is still in contention for a medal.  Here’s hoping her next performance goes a little better for her and the team! (But until her redemption, please enjoy these already-viral GIFs.)


“Yeah! I did it!  I’m awesome!  Thanks, gurrrl!”

“Just blowing kisses and cheesing hard, like awesome performers do.”


“A little groove session proves I’m totally chill about being scored.”

“Haha, I know right?  A perfect ten so early in the games! That would be cray.”

Drumroll, please….


We feel you, gurl.  Ouch.

(Lead image and GIFs: Tumblr)

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    • Kathy

      Great gifs posted here – thanks! So disappointing for Ashley, but her coach’s face doesn’t change one iota. The judging of Olympic skating is always controversial, and some say it’s capricious and unfair. They always seem to favor the Russians, and the skaters who have competed in previous Olympics.

    • Amy

      No offense to Ashley, but she’s lucky to even be there and has no right to be making faces about her scores. She placed 4th at nationals this year and only got there over Mirai Nagasu due to her past international body of work (although I’m still unclear why the USFSA sent a 15 year old with no international experience over a veteran olympian with a proven international record, but that’s an entire different conversation). She clearly under-rotated one of her jumps, so it got downgraded to a double, and then two footed a landing one of the other jumps, which automatically calls for points to be taken off. The score was valid. Hope she performs better in her individual events, although she has a history of being a bit of a Sasha Cohen (not handling pressure well). Plus, that 15 year old Russian girl who performed the SP for the Russians is going to give everyone, even Yuna Kim & Mao Asada (the two clear frontrunners for gold & silver), a run for their money. She’s insanely talented, and I look forward to seeing her grow even more as an artistic skater in the future.

      …as you can tell, I’m very into figure skating. #NoRegrets :P

      • Cassandra Hough

        #NoneNeeded! Thanks for the info. :-)

      • Jameson@flicker.com

        You are correct thank you for this post. Ashley is a hot ass mess right now.. She needs to get it together.