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Ashley Wagner ignores her age and focuses on figure skating gold at 2018 Olympics

Ashley Wagner ignores her age and focuses on figure skating gold at 2018 Olympics

Ashley Wagner was 24 when she won a silver medal at the figure skating world championships this year and ended a decade-long medal shutout for American women, an advanced age in a sport that too often values youth and acrobatic jumping over assured artistry.

Wagner shared the medal stand with winner Evgenia Medvedeva, 16, and Anna Pogorilaya, 18, both of Russia. Wagner didn’t fit in their age bracket but she fit perfectly with their stellar performances as she moved up from fourth place after the short program to a sparkling second.

Achieving the best result of her career at an age when many elite skaters have retired has reinforced Wagner’s belief that she is...

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