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Beyond her athletic career, Wagner aspires to be a sports journalist. Her hobbies include writing and reading the classics, and she's been tapped as a blogger for SI.com. Mediabistro caught up with Wagner just before she set off for Russia to compete at the Sochi Olympics:
Tell me about blogging for SI.com. How did that happen -- and what are you writing about?
It just comes kind of naturally to me to take something and try and make it relatable and interesting to someone who doesn't know everything about skating. So I think that [the editors] saw that and thought, 'Hey, she's not too shabby at this. Why doesn't she try blogging for us?' And it took off from there.
|"It just comes kind of naturally to me to take something and try and make it relatable and interesting to someone who doesn't know everything about skating."|
So for SI.com, I'm mostly just giving people a glimpse of what it's like on this crazy journey to Sochi. I mean because there are so many different aspects of competing and preparing and designing even that go on in figure skating, I wanted to give people a little insight into that.
You've said you're interested in sports journalism after your athletic career. Still true?
Yeah, I want to stay involved in sports in one way or another. And I would love to coach, but I also feel like I've been on this one side of figure skating, and I'm so ready to see what it's like to be on the other side -- and be able to get those stories out of athletes.
What platform would you prefer -- print, Web or broadcast?
Right now it's pretty equal. It's so daunting, because I know that journalism right now, it's going through a lot of changes, and it's all becoming integrated with social media. It could be fun to participate in something that's completely changing, but also, I would be totally okay with being on air and interviewing athletes in that way and commentating on figure skating. So it kind of depends on where this road takes me.
|"I think the great thing about social media is it gives people access to you on a totally personal level that they didn't have before."|
Are there other sports you're interested in reporting on?
I love hockey. That's actually one of my favorite sports. And this season I have no cable, and I've been too busy to watch. But I think if I were to choose another sport, it would be hockey.
I heard you quit social media because you received some backlash over being selected to the U.S. Olympic team. Is that true?
Yeah, I mean I didn't go cold turkey. I'm coming back. But, honestly, just a bunch of really mean, hurtful things were being said to me. You know, I had people telling me to go jump off of a bridge and things like that, that I was already going through a lot of things on my own. I didn't need to see all that negativity. I think the great thing about social media is it gives people access to you on a totally personal level that they didn't have before, so it's really important and it's a great way to get people involved and excited about what you're doing. I'm definitely not gone forever, but I'm taking a break until those trolls realize that I'm not reading what they're saying nor do I care what they're saying.
Follow Wagner and all the Olympic action on NBCOlympics.com and TeamUSA.org.
Valerie Berrios is managing editor at Mediabistro. Follow her on Twitter @valerieberrios.
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