Watching Kitsap’s Olympian — and Olympic Hopeful Wagner

I ‘m at home right now, watching the replay of Saturday’s World Cup bobsled race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on the Universal Sports network. Wonderful network if you’re into Olympic sports. Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf is coming up soon. Of course, I know she finishes 11th and qualifies for the Olympics, but I’m anxous to see her second run — one where she nearly crashes her sled. The crash could have cost her dream, but she kept it upright and was able to celebrate at the end.

Watching that run, even though I knew the result, was pretty cool.

Now let’s turn out attention to another local Olympian.  If you haven’t read our story about Ashley Wagner, the figure skater who calls Seabeck home, you should — especially if you’re a fan of figure skating and the Olympics. Her parents, Melissa and Eric, grew up in Kitsap County. Her grandfather, Mike James, was the head park ranger at Scenic Beach State Park for years. Freelance writer, Meri-Jo Borzilleri, is covering Wagner for The Sun at this week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane. It starts Thursday night with the short program. The long program is Saturday. Here’s another really good read on Wagner from Ron Judd of the Seattle Times, the former Kitsap Sun reporter who still kicks around the wide world of outdoor sports with Seabury Blair, Jr., Kitsap’s outdoors writer.

The women’s short program is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; the long program starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Here’s the TV schedule for the women’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships: 

Today: 7:30-11:30 p.m. (ladies short), Universal; Saturday, noon-3 p.m. (free dance, ladies short) and 6-8 p.m. (ladies long), NBC; Sunday: 6-8 p.m. (exhibitions), NBC

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