The look on U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner’s said it all Saturday after judges in Sochi scored her a 63.10 in her Olympic debut.
The look of disgust was in stark contrast to the radiant smile she displayed just moments earlier after completing her routine.
Wagner, 22, clearly believed she’d pulled off a performance worthy of a high score as she waved, smiled and blew kisses to the audience.
All smiles: Ashley Wagner of the United States celebrates in the ‘kiss and cry’ area during the Team Ladies Short Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Shock: Wagner reacts to her score after competing in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 8
But her smile turned upside down when the score came in, which left her in fourth place.
‘I know roughly when I skate a good program where the score should end up... So yeah to score that low was very disappointing for me,’ she said afterwards.
‘But honestly this performance was more for myself and mentally getting beyond this past couple of weeks. And I wanted to do everything I could to help out the team, and I really feel that I delivered on that part.‘
Wagner may feel that she’s got something to prove after her selection over Mirai Nagasu sparked a backlash on social media.
Nagasu finished third at the National Championships in Boston last month while Wagner finished in fourth place, yet it was she who was selected to the Winter Olympic team.
Waiting game: Wagner blows a kiss to spectators as she waits for her results after competing in the women’s team short program figure skating competition
Performane: Wagner does her routine at her Olympic debut in Sochi
Sparkly: Wagner donned a bejeweled outfit and performed to Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
‘It was on my mind with the media frenzy over the last couple of weeks that I needed to prove to myself and everybody else that has even doubted my belonging here that I am here to compete, to be competitive,’ she told Yahoo .
The numbers she scored, though, left her visibly disappointed.
She was left trailing Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya in first place, Carolina Kostner of Italy in second and Mao Asada of Japan, who came third despite falling during her routine.
Before the score: Wagner waves to the crowd after her performance
Hopeful: Surrounded by teammates and next to her coach, Wagner waits for the scores
Second prize: McKayla Maroney’s face as she stood to receive her silver medal became infamous
More to come: Wagner says she’s hoping to score better in her individual events
Her score, however, was enough to advance the U.S. team from seventh to third place, meaning they will be one of the top five teams to advance through to the finals on Sunday night.
Her facial expression upon seeing her score is reminiscent of the distinctly unimpressed look gymnast McKayla Maroney wore on the second-place podium during the 2012 Olympics.
Maroney’s visage was captured the public imagination – in other words, it became a meme.
Time will tell if one unguarded facial expression will come to define Wagner in history more than her figure skating ability.
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