Ashley Wagner was close to being the oldest United States female figure skater to compete in a Winter Olympics, but she narrowly missed out on qualifying for Pyeongchang.
Despite missing out on a spot on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team, she will be present in South Korea as a brand ambassador for Toyota. You will see ads featuring Wagner throughout the Olympic Games.
“To have Toyota stand by me, and to get this opportunity to share the Olympic experience with them, their employees and fans is an honor. This is a company that is encouraging people around the world to challenge themselves and to achieve their dreams,” Wagner said in a statement, via Ad Week.
The 26-year-old skater was an alternate for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, before earning a medal in the 2014 Winter Games.
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Wagner won a bronze medal as partof the U.S. figure skating. her highest medal since the 2014 Winter Games was a silver medal in the 2016 World Championships in Boston.
Wagner is a unique figure skater in the fact that she bucks the norm by spinning and jumping clockwise.
She is easy to root for, too.
Wagner was born on a U. S. Army Base in Heidelberg, Germany to Lieutenant Colonel Eric Wagner and Melissa James, a former schoolteacher. As a military child, she has lived in California, Alaska, Kansas, Washington State and Virginia. She is multi-lingual, speaking English and German.
You can watch her routine from the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships below:
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang take place from Feb. 9 – Feb. 25.
The U.S. Olympic figure skating team for 2018 can be seen below:
- Karen Chen
- Mirai Nagasu
- Bradie Tennell
- Nathan Chen
- Adam Rippon
- Vincent Zhou
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates
- Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
- Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
- Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim