American figure skater Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. national champion and the 4th-place finisher at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has been denied a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. This comes despite her finishing 3rd at the 2014 national championships, with three berths available on the Olympic squad. It is the first time ever that the United States Figure Skating Association has passed over a skater in favor of a lower-finishing competitor when injury was not a factor.
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This board wouldn't be complete without Mirai's January 30 message on Facebook, her first direct comment on what happened at Nationals.
MY LATEST for Asiance: #MiraiEarnedIt: Why the Snub Will Still Matter, Even after the Olympics Are Over
Shall we remind ourselves again what we were fighting for? And who? For me, #MiraiEarnedIt has been a fight for Mirai, and for principles. But it's also been for my little girls, daughters of Asian America. What has #MiraiEarnedIt meant to you?
We still have a chance to help Mirai! Please read and take action!
Jere Longman for the New York Times, "Officials Choose Reputation Over Result"
"Strong word from USFSA all week has been that [Ashley Wagner] will make the team if she’s anywhere near the top." (Christine Brennan, USA Today) #MiraiEarnedIt
Jeff Yang, updating his remarks on Medium.com, responds to the U.S. Figure Skating Association's rebuttal of his original column.
Olivia Ouyang of Audrey Magazine exposes the inconsistent treatment of Mirai Nagasu in "The Reason You Haven’t Heard: Why Mirai Nagasu Deserves to be on Team USA"
E. M. Swift asks if sponsors triumphed over competition, patronage over performance
Gwen Knapp's excellent analysis of how the U.S. Figure Skating Association has now opened the door to future controversies
Jeff Yang of the Wall Street Journal responds on Medium.com to the criticisms of his original piece
#MiraiEarnedIt gets a mention in Camille Bautista's piece for Bustle! She also mentions Jeff Yang's column in the Wall Street Journal!
Tony Manfried of Business Insider, "The Girl Who Finished Third At The US Figure Skating Championships Got Screwed Out Of An Olympic Spot"
Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports), column: "Does US Figure Skating Need to Change Its Olympic Selection Process?" #MiraiEarnedIt
Alexander Abad-Santos, "The Real Skating Winner Isn't Ashley Wagner, It's Her Sponsors," in The Wire
Andi Zeisler, "All About Eve on Ice: Creating a New Olympic Rivalry Between Blonde Girls, Just in Time," for Bitch Magazine
From Gabrielle Blustone on Gawker: "US Olympic Figure Skating Ices Third Place Medalist Off the Team"
US Olympic Figure Skating Ices Third Place Medalist Off the Team
A good espnW debate about the controversy, with good points made by both Jane McManus and Sarah Spain
From AsAm News: "Mirai Nagasu wins lots of sympathy, but no spot on US Olympic Ice Skating Team"
US Olympic Figure Skating: Is Ashley Wagner over Mirai Nagasu the Right Choice?
Kelsey McCarson's column for Bleacher Report: "Is Ashley Wagner over Mirai Nagasu the Right Choice?"
Jeff Yang of the Wall Street Journal: "Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner, and the Myth of the Golden Girl"
Mirai Nagasu's exhibition performance at the 2014 U.S. national championships in Boston, after she had learned she would not be a part of the Olympic team Exhibitions Performing, Beauty Programs, Nagasu Exhibitions, Ice Skating, Michael Friends, Figures Skating, Asian Americana, National Championship, Mirai Nagasu
Mirai Nagasu's exhibition performance at the 2014 U.S. national championships in Boston, after she had learned she would not be a part of the Olympic team