Ashley Wagner Takes Sochi Olympics Internet Memes in Stride
Ashley Wagner doesn’t seem to be bothered by the internet memes that are circulating about her.
The American figure skater has become well-known during the Sochi Olympics for her entertaining facial expressions.
The first Wagner meme surfaced following her February 8 team short skate. Wagner quickly went from all smiles to a shocked and disappointed expression upon seeing her score.
The score earned her fourth place in the event, behind Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya, Italy’s Carolina Kostner, and Japan’s Mao Asada.
Despite Wagner’s obvious disappointment, she scored the US figure skating team 7 points, which was enough for them to win the bronze medal in the inaugural team figure skating event.
— rue21 (@rue21) February 10, 2014
— Tiff Nicholle (@TifF_NicH0lL3) February 20, 2014
One meme included a superimposed photo of Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, who some credit with starting the Olympic meme trend during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Maroney was caught on camera looking less-than-thrilled to receive the silver medal in the women’s vault competition.
— Maegen (@MegglesG) February 9, 2014
Wagner posted one of the memes on her Instagram feed, calling it the best she’d seen so far:
The 22-year-old world champion skater took sixth place in the women’s short skate on Wednesday. Judging from the look on her face upon seeing her scores, she once again expected them to be higher, but managed to recover her smile more quickly than she did on February 8.
— thb (@tar_heel_boo) February 19, 2014
Other memes of the Sochi Olympics have poked fun at Russia for its lack of preparedness, and for its president’s dour expressions.
— °Meryl°Evens° (@merylevens) February 8, 2014
— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 8, 2014
In "honor" of the Sochi Olympics, I declare today to be… Vladimir Putin meme day! pic.twitter.com/s81n6LPyTs
— Elaine Wix (@ekwix) February 7, 2014
— Sochi Problems (@SochiProbz) February 8, 2014
No one was safe from the memes during this Olympics, from NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, who has suffered an eye infection throughout the games, to little old ladies making flawed attempts at photography:
Bob Costas has Judge Doom eyes pic.twitter.com/waWxoDhWSV
— Andrew Adams (@TheAndrew_Adams) February 11, 2014
A woman attempting to take a picture at a hockey game in Sochi today. This may be one of my favorite pics ever. pic.twitter.com/x2X20ebCdq
— Bryan Wood (@bryanwx) February 13, 2014
— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) February 14, 2014
— Sochi Memes (@SochiMemes) February 10, 2014
— Christopher Bise (@ptbise) February 12, 2014
— Sochi Problems (@Sochi2014Probz) February 7, 2014
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