While checking out all the Grand Prix Final competitors to make my results predictions, something struck me about the ladies lineup. Yes, it is full of Russian teenagers, and a Japanese teenager, and most people know that American Ashley Wagner is the veteran of the group. But it got me wondering when her first season on the Grand Prix was, so naturally I did some Googling. She made her Grand Prix debut at the 2007 Skate Canada with a 5th place finish, followed by a bronze at Trophee Eric Bombard. The very same events she competed in this season, but seven years ago.
Ashley has been on the circuit the longest of all the ladies in this year’s Final, and with that experience comes confidence. This is what she told Ice Network this week:
“Anybody who looks down on some old gal going after her dream, I have many things to say to them, but I will just say: ‘Watch me do it.'”
Here’s hoping that’s just what happens, but before she gets to her long program this weekend, let’s flash back to her 2008 U.S. Nationals long program. She looks like such a young’un! This high-energy skate earned her the bronze medal and a spot on the World Team in her senior debut, the same season she started out on the Grand Prix circuit.