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Former Tacoma resident Ashley Wagner narrowly misses USOC athlete of the month honor

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2012 at 9:31 am with No Comments »
February 9, 2012 9:34 am
Ashley Wagner (Associated Press photo)

Former Tacoma resident Ashley Wagner finished second in voting for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s female athlete of the month award, the USOC announced this morning.

Wagner, 20, recently won the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship.

Wagner, now living in Virginia, finished second to U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach for the USOC’s January honor. Snowboarder Shaun White won the men’s award and the U.S. women’s soccer team won the team award.

Wagner spoke with The News Tribune during the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, where she narrowly missed a spot on the Winter Olympic team.

“I come home to Seabeck every summer for a week just to cool down and relax,” Wagner said.

But Seabeck, a small town on Hood Canal near Silverdale – where Wagner’s parents grew up and some family still lives – is just one of many places she calls home.

Wagner was born in Germany, learned to skate in Alaska, currently lives in Alexandria, Va., and trains in Wilmington, Del.

Growing up in a military family, she has lived many places, including a year in Tacoma when her dad, Eric Wagner, was stationed at Fort Lewis. She also lived briefly in Vancouver, Wash.

A USOC panel selects the winner of the athlete of the month award with online voting from fans accounting for 10 percent of the vote.

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