Team USA's Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold & Polina Edmunds Sound Off About Skating Scoring System

Team USA's Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold & Polina Edmunds Sound Off About Skating Scoring System

Figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds stop by The Today Show on early Saturday morning (February 22) after competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The athletes — 22, 18, and 15-years-old, respectively — opened up on the program about the controversy surrounding the scoring system that placed Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova over South Korea’s Yuna Kim and Italy’s Carolina Kostner in the free skate the night before.

“People need to be held accountable,” Ashley shared in a interview after the medals had been decided. “They need to get rid of anonymous judging. There are many changes that need to come to this sport if we want a fan base. People don’t want to watch a sport where you watch people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean. It’s confusing and we need to make it clear for people.”

Johnny Weir, who placed 6th at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and is a commentator at Sochi, shared, “That is a big, big number [Adelina's score]. You have to think being in Russia in front of a Russian audience has definitely helped. She (Sotnikova) skated well, I don’t know if she was eight points ahead of Carolina Kostner.”

Also pictured below: Jason Brown, Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie, Scott Hamilton, Jeremy Abbott, Alex and Maia Shibutani plus Lindsey Van, Jessica Jerome and Sarah Hendrickson of the USA Skiing Team.

WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD'VE WON GOLD AT SOCHI?
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Credit: Joe Scarnici, Scott Halleran, ; Photos: NBC, Instagram, Getty
Posted to: Alex Shibutani, Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Maia Shibutani, Polina Edmunds, Sarah Hendrickson

17 Comments

Yuna kim, she is the best skater ever! She DOES deserve the GOLD! The judges were weird…i mean they were over being weird… But she was amazing anyway We will miss her!:’(

#2
Dreamer731 @ 6:44 pm on 02/23/2014

Ashley Wagner has some nerve complaining about the figure skating scoring system. She didn’t even deserve to be in this Olympics. She needs to humble herself and just be thankful she got the Olympic experience. Mirai Nagasu should have gone not you! Your are so incredibly ungrateful!!!

#3
Dillydalli @ 3:03 am on 02/24/2014

Ashley Wagner is extremely talented and brave enough to choose
Pink Floyd to skate to, everyone is annoyed just because she a strong smart, young woman who expresses herself clearly and in a powerful way. She is a rock under pressure.
Not fair that people judged her when she registered surprise then smiled after the first performance to Pink Floyd . The look on her face was normal should she have been phony and been grateful for the unfair score by the judges?

#4
Putin Propagandypics @ 5:13 pm on 02/24/2014

Somehow, “magically,” performing the same short and long programs as at the European Skating Championship, Sotnikova still managed to get much higher scores at Sochi, only a month later, with ERRORS, that beat the scores of Kim Yuna’s both flawless programs. I guess she’s just a naturally superior Russian who can do the impossible. Right…, it’s called a bloody RIGGED competition. Kim’s silver will shine like real gold, while Sotnikova’s tainted gold will shine like rusted iron, FOREVER. Russia – still the largest corrupted nation on Earth!

Sotnikova will forever wear her scarlet Sochi medal in shame and infamy.

#5
JOHNTAYLOR @ 7:45 pm on 02/24/2014

Yuna Kim got robbed. Russia should be ashamed of its corrupted victory in Sochi

#6
yeon hee choi @ 1:24 am on 02/27/2014

Yuna KIM GOLE medalist!!!!

#7
yeon hee choi @ 1:25 am on 02/27/2014

@yeon hee choi: GOLD!

#8
nikki @ 3:43 am on 02/27/2014

yeah ~ the russian girl did well.. but still yuna was the one who deserved the gold!! I watch yuna’s performance repeatedely.. so beautiful..
definitely Queen Yuna!!

#9
soo-hee lee @ 4:09 am on 02/27/2014

According to Mr.Newton,
Speed= Distance / Time

When the (dependant variable) Time is fixed,SPEED IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO DISTANCE.

Within the same limited time, the ice coverage made by Yuna Kim is broader than that by Adelina Sotnikova.

So I want to ask people who claim that “While Adelina was attacking, Yuna was slow”, what exactly was Adelina attacking? The Judges?

click please
http://justice4fs.tumblr.com/post/77990398457/what-does-this-graphic-show-these-are-graphics

#10
su-yeon choi @ 4:10 am on 02/27/2014

Yuna – kimm

#11
John Lee @ 5:39 am on 02/27/2014

Russia took the gold medal theft.

#12
ellena @ 5:47 am on 02/27/2014

Yuna kim showed the real dignity in this unfair rotten olympic..
many fans were shocked with the result but she just looked calm and graceful.. it was really touching ~~
she was one and only skater who impressed me..
she is the best!! the gold medal isn’t that important to her!
she is just what she is and she shines just as she is!!

#13
MI-JIN LEE @ 6:37 am on 02/27/2014

Yuna KIM GOLE medalist!!!!

#14
noel @ 8:42 am on 02/27/2014

yuna is champion.

#15
Flora.nam @ 12:20 pm on 02/27/2014

Putin! Look at this coments!!
Yuna kim is really champion. You know?

#16
Selena joen @ 11:39 pm on 02/27/2014

Yuna I love you

#17
Seo su Jin @ 12:45 am on 03/03/2014

I was so furious with the Russians about their robbery gold medal and partial judgement.
I thint That some of the I.O.C judge did intentional mistakes and some of the Russian and American media comitted distortion shooting and false explanation by ignorance of the global T.V. viewers.
It was a terrible crime and unrighteousness.
In the internet world, There are many clear evidences of manipulation.
so they can not excuse themselves any more.
I relly want to see fair judgement.
If this kind of thing becamed committed, Who would try for medal?
Even now I.O.C must clarify that Who was a real gold medalist.

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