Today in Sochi, U.S. figure skaters Ashley Wagner (pictured) and Jeremy Abbott stopped by the Today show to talk about their upcoming competitions with host Matt Lauer.
During the interview, Wagner – who placed fourth in last month’s U.S. Nationals but still managed to join winner Gracie Gold and runner-up Polina Edmunds on the U.S. Olympic Team – touched briefly upon the aftermath of the controversial decision to put her in the Games ahead of Mirai Nagasu.
Nagasu, the third-place finisher at Nationals, has said that she remains “confused” as to why she’s been left off the U.S. Olympic and World Championship teams for 2014. However, she has stated her support for her teammates, and Wagner reiterated that to Lauer.
“Mirai has been absolutely incredible,” Wagner said this morning. “She and I have been friends for quite some time now and she texted me and we’ve been in touch after Nationals.
“She just said, ‘You know what, you deserve to be on this team, I’m cheering you on, good luck,’ so to have that support is everything to me.”
For more from the interview, including their thoughts on the upcoming debut for the Olympic team figure skating competition, check it out at NBCOlympics.com.