Ashley Wagner made history this Saturday, with her third national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The 24-year-old broke women’s records for free skate and total scores, with 148.98 and 221.02, respectively. She became the oldest U.S. women’s champion since Michelle Kwan in 2005.
“This, of my three titles, is the one that tastes the sweetest,” Wagner, who is also the 2012 and 2013 U.S. champion, said on NBC. “I’ve had so many critics over the past couple of months. I’ve had so many people who said I’m too old for this, I am burnt out. But, you know what, I am so hungry to make a career for myself. I was able to turn all this negativity into something positive.”
“I’m terrified,” Wagner admitted to her coach, Rafael Arutyunyan, before her free skate.
With things turning out the way she did, she should probably be terrified more often.