Posted 01/30/12

Ashley Wagner: Washington D.C.

Ashley Wagner: Washington D.C.
Ashley Wagner-2008 US Nationals

U.S. Figure Skating champion, Ashley Wagner, a certified ‘army brat’, who has lived in numerous towns across the United States, recently relocated from her home base in Alexandria, Virginia to Southern California for the opportunity to train under Coach John Nicks - a calculated move that has turned this persistent athlete from ‘the Almost’ girl into America’s latest ‘It’ girl! In the high-pressure world of competitive figure skating, Wagner’s athleticisms, elegance, and most of all, relentless spirit, have always attracted attention. However, in this precise sport where anything can happen, Ashley was third at the 2010 United States Figure Skating Championships, just missing a coveted spot on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic team. The skater’s misfortunes continued in 2011, a year plagued by health issues, when she placed a disappointing sixth at Nationals. However, always a resilient athlete and respected competitor, Ashley continued to train, perfecting her programs diligently, and ultimately won the 2012 United States Ladies Champion. Ashley Wagner will proudly vie for the U.S. at the World Championships in 2012, as well as the Four Continents Championships - surely looking onward towards earning the honor of representing America at the 2014 Sochi Olympics! (Ashley earned a 2014 Olympic bronze medal in the team competition.)

Check in on Ashley Wagner’s Olympic quest on her Official Website or at US Figure Skating!

The Concierge Questionnaire: Ashley Wagner,  U.S. Champion Figure Skater

What is your favorite word to describe Washington D.C.? Historical.

What word best reflects the people of Washington D.C.? Driven.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Washington D.C.? The World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials are both very emotional places for me. On the creative side I love Adams Morgan and Del Ray in Alexandria, VA both are very fun, funky and eclectic.

"The National World War II Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The site lies along the central vista of the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial rests at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool along 17th Street, NW/SW."

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located between The Washington Monument and The Lincoln Memorial, along Constitution Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets.

Adams Morgan, at the crossroads of 18th Street and Columbia Road, is Washington D.C.'s "funkiest" neighborhood.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Washington D.C.? Biking, running or walking along the Potomac River on the Mt. Vernon Trail.

Mount Vernon Trail is an 18 mile trail along the Potomac River, paralleling the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and just across the river from Downtown Washington DC.

What is your favorite indoor activity in Washington D.C.? Even though I've been a million times. I love going to the National Portrait Gallery. I have a soft spot for art.

National Portrait Gallery is home to portraits of and by distinguished Americans.

8th St. at F St., NW
, Washington, DC:
Red Line Gallery-China Station Metro stop.
Hours: 11:30am to 7pm, 
Closed December 25.

What is your favorite sound or noise in Washington D.C.? The sound of the presidential motorcade passing by is always exciting to me… I won't lie, I often stare like a tourist.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Washington D.C.? Chicken #1 at The Tombs in Georgetown. One of my favorites.

The Tombs: 1226 36th Street, NW
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-1:15am, Saturday 11am-2:15am and Sunday 9:30am-1:15am

What drink best reflects Washington D.C.? Lemonade. Just like a perfect lemonade, DC is the perfect mix of people, cultures and activities. None too sweet and none too sour.

What song or type of music best reflects Washington D.C.? Jennifer Hudson - The Star-Spangled Banner (As Performed At Super Bowl XLIII) - Single The National Anthem, of course.

If Heaven were Washington D.C., what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? I would hope he would give them a Metro card. Even if it were Heaven, DC would still have horrible traffic. Metro is always your best bet.

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