Ashley Wagner is in Seattle for the Stars on Ice tour. She has family roots in the Puget Sound area.
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Sitting on a couch on a day off during a whistle-stop tour, Ashley Wagner looks every bit one of the top athletes on Earth.
That is until she makes an admission.
“I think that I’m definitely the Martian of figure skating,” Wagner said with a smile, trying to explain why, at now 26 years old, she is still one of the best figure skaters in the world. “Age is just a number, and I think people, in general, like to focus on female athlete’s age and define them by that, and my job is just to show them how irrelevant that is.”
She’s made that age irrelevant, in a sport which tends to call people over the hill in their 20s. She won a team bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, and the U.S. Championship a year later. In 2016, she was the World Silver Medalist in Ladies figure skating, and won Skate America.
They are accomplishments she brings to town during a brief stay in a place she has called her “heart home.” Wagner will appear in the “Stars on Ice” tour at KeyArena Saturday and a show in Wenatchee Sunday.
“I love coming back here. Moving around so much as a kid, this area, in particular, coming back to Seattle, where my family, my parents took us so we could get a sense of home and belong somewhere,” Wagner said.
She counts Seabeck as a place…