Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Fights Back at Ageism Like A Boss

Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Fights Back at Ageism Like A Boss

Let’s get real here — Ashley Wagner is one of the greatest figure skaters in the United States right now. We’ll go as far to say that she IS the greatest.

When you have three national titles, and are the current US National Silver Medalist, you can definitely say that you are on the top — so why is Ashley having to still answer questions about her age in this sport?

“I’m so sick of hearing about my age,” she shared during a press conference during the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend. “I’m so sick of it.”

She’s 25, which for some, is considered old in the sport of figure skating. But it shouldn’t be. It should be fierce, and amazing, and magnifying.

Ashley added, “You guys, if anyone asks me one more question about my age, I’ll just stop talking to them. It’s ridiculous.”

This isn’t the first time age has come up for women, especially, in sports. Ashley has fought back numerous times and even Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas tackled it when they were selected for the Final Five Gymnastics team for Rio.

“When a football player wins a Super Bowl, no one asks them why they come back. When the swimmers win, they don’t ask them,” Aly said then. “With gymnastics they always say it can’t be done but Gabby and I are trying to disprove that…I think you have to be a little crazy. Me and Gabby are a little bit nuts.”

Watch both of Ashley‘s programs from nationals below!


Ashley Wagner SP ? US Nationals 2017


Ashley Wagner FP ? US Nationals 2017
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