Despite finishing in a distant fourth place in the ladies’ figure skating competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships (in figure skaing parliance here in the U.S., this is referred to as “the Nationals”), an event where three female figure skaters are selected to represent the United States in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Ashley Wagner was selected to represent the United States in Sochi, while the third-place skater, Mirai Nagasu, was not.
While Wagner’s stronger performances in the year prior to the Nationals than Nagasu was cited as the official reason why U.S. Figure Skating officials selected the fourth-place Wagner over the third-place Nagasu, there may have been another factor as to why Wagner was selected of Nagasu. Keep in mind that Wagner is white and Nagasu is an Asian-American (specifically, of Japanese descent). I’ll just flatly ask this question: Was Ashley Wagner selected for the U.S. Women’s Figure Skating team over Mirai Nagasu because of race? If that were to be the case, that would be one of the worst displays of bigotry in modern sports history.