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Chen among three selected for Olympics; Wagner ‘furious’ about judging

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By The Associated Press

SAN JOSE — Karen Chen, the 18-year-old from Fremont who trains in Riverside, was among the three American ladies singles figure skaters selected early Saturday morning for the 2018 U.S. Olympic team.

Chen, who finished third in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday night, joined winner Bradie Tennell and second place finisher Mirai Nagasu on the team that will compete next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth in Friday night’s free skate and subsequently called out judges for her scores, was named the first alternate.

Chen, Nagasu and Tennell were also selected as the three United States representatives for the 2018 World Championships, with Wagner the first alternate.

Wagner scored a 130.85 in her strongest event for 196.19, with Chen, who was battling a severe virus, beating her out for third with a 198.59.

“I’m just so proud of myself to forget about all of the pain I was in,” Chen said after Friday’s competition, “and just keep reminding myself that I trained so hard for this moment that I wasn’t going to let some stupid sickness win, and I’m going to keep fighting to the end.”

Wagner did not tamp down her emotions after Friday’s competition.

“I’m furious, I am absolutely furious,” Wagner said. “I know when I go and I lay it down and I absolutely left one jump on the table, but for me to put out two programs that I did at this competition as solid as I skated and to get those scores, I am furious, and I think deservedly so. I am a performer and that second mark is just not there. I am absolutely OK with them being strict on my rotations. That’s what I think that U.S. Figure Skating should demand of their judges but it needs to be across the board. I don’t necessarily […]    

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