Ashley Wagner, the 2012 U.S. champion, is the winner of SKATING magazine Readers’ Choice Skater of the Year Award (Michelle Kwan Trophy).
Wagner, who trains in California under legendary coach John Nicks, enjoyed the best season of her career. She started by winning the bronze medal at Skate Canada before claiming her first U.S. title at the 2012 U.S. Championships in San Jose, Calif. Less than two weeks later, she beat an outstanding international field to win the gold medal at the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 21-year-old from Alexandria, Va., rallied after the short program to finish fourth at the World Championships in Nice, France.
“I think this past year was huge for me and a big leap and something I needed to do,” Wagner said. “Both of my programs were so well-received, especially Black Swan, from my fans that it made it even more satisfying for me, because I could tell everyone was really enjoying what I was putting out.
“To be awarded this honor is like icing on the cake for such a great season.”
Finishing next were the Skyliners, ICE’Kateers, Miami University and the ice dance team of Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt.
Wagner will be awarded the Michelle Kwan Trophy at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Championships in Omaha, Neb.
Watch highlights from Wagner’s 2011-12 season below.
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
2012 — Ashley Wagner
2011 — Meryl Davis and Charlie White
2010 — Johnny Weir
2009 — Evan Lysacek
2008 — Johnny Weir
2007 — Miami University
2006 — Kimmie Meissner
2005 — Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto
2004 — Sasha Cohen, Haydenettes
2003 — Michelle Kwan
2002 — Michelle Kwan
2001 — Michelle Kwan
2000 — Michael Weiss
1999 — Michelle Kwan
1998 — Michelle Kwan
1997 — Tara Lipinksi
1996 — Michelle Kwan
1995 — Todd Eldredge
1994 — Michelle Kwan
1993 — Scott Davis
1992 — Paul Wylie
1991 — Tonya Harding
1990 — Jill Trenary
1989 — Kristi Yamaguchi
Who’s eligible for the award?
* Top five senior skaters in each discipline at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
*Medalists at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships
* Medalists at the 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
* Top five senior teams at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
*Medalists at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships
*Medalists at the 2012 Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup