BOSTON - Two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner made the Olympic team Sunday despite finishing a distant fourth at the national championships.
U.S. Figure Skating officials took into account performances over the past year in picking the three women who will go to Sochi, not just their showing at this week's event. Mirai Nagasu, who was fourth at the 2010 Olympics, didn't make the team despite taking third Saturday at the U.S. Championships.
Fifteen-year-old Polina Edmunds, who was second, was selected even though she has no major international experience at the senior level.
"Looking at Ashley Wagner's record and performances, she's got the top credentials of any of our female athletes," U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said.
New U.S. champion Gracie Gold also will compete in the Sochi Olympics after winning Saturday.
Wagner finished fifth at the world championships and won the bronze medal at the Grand Prix Final, but she fell twice and failed to cleanly land two other triple jumps in Saturday's free skate.
Wagner narrowly missed going to the Vancouver Games after she finished third at nationals when the U.S. had only two spots.
"It's been a really long four years," she said through tears Sunday.
"I'm happy my federation was able to see beyond one bad skate," Wagner added.