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Ashley Wagner, U.S. figure skater, receives hate tweets after competition

U.S. figure skater, Ashley Wagner, 22, has vowed to stay off Twitter and other social media until the Sochi Olympics are over after receiving hate tweets following the U.S. national championships in Boston, Mass., according to a Jan. 14, 2014 Kansas City Star report.

Figure skaters Mirai Nagasu (L) and Ashley Wagner are seen here on Jan. 11, 2014 in Boston at a championship competition.
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The Star reports that after she fell twice and placed fourth at the competition, but obtained the third spot on the U.S. Olympic team, fans of fellow skater, Mirai Nagasu, became angered.

Nagasu, 20, placed third at the championships, but Wagner was given the last spot on the team to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics with Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds.

The Star notes fans were upset because U.S. figure skating officials have traditionally relied on the championships to configure an Olympic team.

“I’m disappointed in the decision… Though I may not agree with it, I have to respect the decision the federation made,” Nagasu said in a statement, according to People.com.

Wagner told People, “Unfortunately, Saturday night just wasn’t my night… But luckily for me I had plenty of other nights in the past couple of years that convinced everybody that I was ready to be on that team.”

Wagner said of the angry tweets, “…It’s tough to filter out the good things that you hear and the awful things that people will write, so I’m going cold turkey,” reports People.

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