It's unlikely that Angela Wang will skate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but she might try for the 2022 games in Beijing, China — or she might not. Either way, this 21-year-old from Utah has no regrets after her recent showing at the 2018 Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, CA.
“Definitely my best U.S. championships ever,” she told The Salt Lake Tribune. “So I’m really stoked with the results from this week and my performances.” Keep reading to learn more about Angela’s track record… and her possible retirement.
She’s an alternate at two major championship events.
Earlier this month, Angela was named the third alternate for both the 2018 U.S. Olympic figure skating team and the 2018 World Championship team — behind Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen, and alternates Ashley Wagner and Mariah Bell. She's also the first alternate at the 2018 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, Taiwan, later this month. “So I have to keep training,” she told Deseret News. “That’s what I’m going to be doing for now. If I go, it would be my first championships event.”
Fans think she's been scored unfairly.
At the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose — an event which helped determine the U.S. Olympic team — Angela placed fourth in the short program. But Twitter clearly thought she should have ranked higher, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
However, Angela is just grateful for the chance to skate with some of the fiercest athletes in the country. “I always felt like I belonged out there with them,” she shared. “So it was really cool to experience the energy, and everything is so different. It was awesome being out there.”
She grew up skating with another famous name.
Born to Chinese immigrant parents and raised in Salt Lake City, Angela started skating at age 5, eventually training at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex alongside current Olympic teammate Nathan Chen. “I have a picture of me when I was 5 sitting on the ice with the Olympic logo,” she recalled in her Salt Lake Tribune interview.
She overcame an injury and got a new outlook on life.
"Last year I dealt with an injury that meant I had to pull out of Skate America," she told Deseret News. "I think that taught me a lot about how important recovery and rest is. I was going to school full time, trying to travel and compete, and it was a lot for me. I wasn't getting sleep, and I was like, 'I'm an athlete; I can push through.' So I definitely learned how important rest and recovery are."
She may or may not continue skating at the elite level.
“I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a skater, even in the past three or four years,” she said. “I feel like I keep making improvements. If I stop now, I feel like I wouldn’t be sad. I’d feel like I’m leaving on a good note. But if I continue, I definitely feel like I still have more to offer.”
She’s headed back to college.
Angela has re-enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She’s a junior and hopes to take a pre-physical therapy route. More power to her!