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If Ashley Wagner’s ankle was infected, why did US Figure Skating allow her to compete at Skate America 2017?

If Ashley Wagner’s ankle was infected, why did US Figure Skating allow her to compete at Skate America 2017?
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I don’t get it.

Well, for my readers who don’t know what I “don’t get,” I don’t understand why Olympic figure skater and three-time US Ladies Figure Skating Champion Ashley Wagner competed at Skate America 2017 in Lake Placid at all.

If you missed watching Skate America on television over the Thanksgiving weekend 2017, you may have missed the drama when Ashley Wagner all of a sudden stopped in the middle of her freeskate program and shook her head.  She then approached her coach and the judging panel and withdrew from the event.

I recall that 2010 US Ladies Figure Skating Champion and Olympian Rachael Flatt competed at a World Figure Skating Championships without reporting an injury and afternwards she was fined by US Figure Skating for not reporting the injury.  Wouldn’t what happened to Flatt give elite competitors an idea that competing injured is not okay with our skating federation?

Did Ashley Wagner report her injury to US Figure Skating  before Skate America 2017 began?  If so, why did our skating federation not bring in an alternate to compete in Wagner’s place rather than have the skater stop in the middle of her freeskate and withdraw?

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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