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Ashley Wagner, American Athlete ( May 16, 1991 - )

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I'm not a pretty princess, and I'm aware of that, so I like music that is really intense, really bold, and characters that in a way almost have a dark side and are kind of evil because, for me, that's when I feel my strongest and fiercest, when I'm not necessarily the good girl.~Ashley Wagner


Music Good Girl

To put on a performance, you have to be emotional. You can't be a zombie.~Ashley Wagner


Performance You Emotional

When I'm competing, I need to be strong.~Ashley Wagner


Strong Be Strong Need

I haven't mastered the art of sitting and smiling.~Ashley Wagner


Art Smiling Sitting

I want people to see a real person on the ice. I want to seem tangible, hard-working, passionate about my skating, not just going out and doing something I've rehearsed a million times.~Ashley Wagner


People Doing Want

You always imagine everything will go so smoothly in the Olympic season.~Ashley Wagner


You Go Everything

I'm so proud to be an Army brat, but it was not an easy life. Moving around so much, skating was that one constant thing I had to hold on to.~Ashley Wagner


Life Proud Moving

You should not be defined by one bad performance.~Ashley Wagner


Performance You Bad

If I train well and stay focused, I'm confident I can deliver when the time comes.~Ashley Wagner


Time Stay Focused Train

I love hanging out with friends and family.~Ashley Wagner


Love Family Friends

In this crazy, crazy world of figure skating, it is easy to focus on a name or a target. But when you are going after someone, it really only holds you back from what you are capable of yourself.~Ashley Wagner


Focus World Yourself

I love Pinterest! Pinterest is absolutely phenomenal when you're trying to come up with a costume design.~Ashley Wagner


Love Design Trying

I'm a strong-headed person, and you can always tell how I'm feeling in that moment.~Ashley Wagner


Moment Feeling You

I can adapt to change easily, but I'm not a fan of it.~Ashley Wagner


Change Adapt I Can

I always loved Michelle Kwan's outfits. Most of them were designed by Vera Wang, and they're just so simple, but the fabric that they used and the way that it was sewn together look so elegant and rich. You could tell that time had been put into it. It wasn't just another spandex, stucco-covered costume.~Ashley Wagner


Time Together Simple

I give myself a cheat day where I annihilate my diet. I'm an all-American girl, so I go for a burger and fries and a shake.~Ashley Wagner


Myself Day Girl

The fact that an icon would even utter my name or have any idea of who I am is absolutely unreal.~Ashley Wagner


I Am Name Fact

Yu Na Kim, Mao Asada, Carolina Kostner - all these girls can do triple-triples in their sleep, and they have the skating skills and the spins and the rest of the technical jumps. So I have to have that as well if I want to be able to call myself 'competitive' against them. And when I say 'competitive,' I mean I want to win.~Ashley Wagner


Myself Sleep Rest

When I step out onto the ice to compete 'Romeo and Juliet,' I don't feel like a fighter. I feel very nervous, and it's very difficult for me to get into the mindset for it.~Ashley Wagner


Step Me Feel

I'm the type of skater that needs to stay upbeat and relaxed, open, because if I stay quiet, I get in my head, and then I start to think too much and start to doubt.~Ashley Wagner


Start Doubt Think

I'm a show pony, and I don't get to skate with girls doing triple Axels every single day. I skate with little babies who are working on their single Axels while trying not to hit them on the ice.~Ashley Wagner


Day Doing Trying

When my parents were paying for my sport, it wasn't just me out on the ice. Pretty much every dollar my mom made teaching went into my skating.~Ashley Wagner


Mom Parents Me

Skating is one of those sports you unfortunately see people get stuck in.~Ashley Wagner


Sports People You

A lot of people who watch figure skaters want us to look like pretty princesses. I want people to see the athlete, and I want to look like a woman among girls.~Ashley Wagner


Woman People Look

I'm not a crier.~Ashley Wagner



In 2010, I was 17 or 18 and thought, 'Yeah, the Olympics, that might happen.'~Ashley Wagner


Thought Happen Olympics