The 22-year-old skater was given the third and final spot on the Ladie’s team over Mirai Nagasu, who placed 3rd at the event.
“I’m at a loss for words right now. It’s been a really rough four years and I’ve been working really hard…I’m happy that my federation was able to see beyond one bad skate and I can’t believe that I’m going to be able to represent the United States in Sochi,” Ashley shared during a press conference on Sunday morning (Janaury 12).
She added, “We have an incredible team, and I’m so proud of what we’ve all been able to accomplish so far. I’m on cloud nine. Everyone has been so supportive over the last couple of days and I’m very grateful to be where I am right now.”
Speaking with People, Ashley dished about her training regimen from now until Sochi: “Twitter is a blessing and a curse at the same time. It’s tough to filter out the good things that you hear and the awful things that people will write, so I’m going cold turkey.”
Mirai, who was at the center of appealing the decision, but decided against it, shared, “I’m disappointed in the decision. Though I may not agree with it, I have to respect the decision the federation made.”