There are a lot of possible reasons why Mirai Nagasu lost a spot on 2014's US Olympic squad to Ashley Wagner, despite finishing ahead of her on Sunday's Nationals. A thought-provoking Wall Street Journal op-ed is one of the few articles to make it explicitly about the race of both women involved:
Holy drama! U.S. Figure Skating officials chose Ashley Wagner over Mirai Nagasu for their third women's spot on the country's Olympic-bound team, despite the fact that Nagasu won the bronze medal at Nationals on Sunday, while Wagner placed behind her.
While you were galavanting about on Saturday night instead of patriotically watching the American women figure skate all over Omaha, ice skater and bejewelled costumed wearer Ashley Wagner became the first woman since Michelle Kwan back in 2005 to win back-to-back national titles, despite taking not one, but two nasty…