HER EVER SINCE. ASHLEY IS HERE FOR HER FIRST TV ASHLEY IS HERE FOR HER FIRST TV INTERVIEW SINCE BREAKING HER INTERVIEW SINCE BREAKING HER SILENCE. SILENCE. FIRST, HER STORY. FIRST, HER STORY.>>Reporter: ASHLEY WAGNER IS>>Reporter: ASHLEY WAGNER IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN FACES ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN FACES IN U.S. FIGURE SKATING. IN U.S. FIGURE SKATING.>>ASHLEY WAGNER.>>ASHLEY WAGNER.>>ASHLEY WAGNER.>>ASHLEY WAGNER.>>MAKING HER MARK ON THE ICE BY>>MAKING HER MARK ON THE ICE BY WINNING THREE NATIONAL TITLES. WINNING THREE NATIONAL TITLES.>>THAT WAS PERFECTION.>>THAT WAS PERFECTION.>>Reporter: AND SKATING HER WAY>>Reporter: AND SKATING HER WAY TO THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS IN TO THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOCHI SOCHI SOCHI, LANDING A BRONZE MEDAL SOCHI, LANDING A BRONZE MEDAL FOR TEAM USA. FOR TEAM USA. WAGNER IS NO STRANGER TO THE WAGNER IS NO STRANGER TO THE SPOTLIGHT. SPOTLIGHT. SHE’S NOW MAKING HEADLINES FOR SHE’S NOW MAKING HEADLINES FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. DIFFERENT REASONS.>>I WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.>>I WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.>>Reporter: JUST LAST WEEK IN A>>Reporter: JUST LAST WEEK IN A FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT FOR “USA FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT FOR “USA TODAY,” WAGNER REVEALING THE TODAY,” WAGNER REVEALING THE PAINFUL DETAILS OF A PARTY SHE PAINFUL DETAILS OF A PARTY SHE ATTENDED WHEN SHE WAS JUST 17 ATTENDED WHEN SHE WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD. YEARS OLD.>>IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF THE>>IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN I FELT HIM CRAWL INTO NIGHT WHEN I FELT HIM CRAWL INTO MY BED. MY BED. HE STARTED KISSING MY NECK. HE STARTED KISSING MY NECK. I PRETENDED TO BE DEEP ASLEEP, I PRETENDED TO BE DEEP ASLEEP, HOPING HE WOULD STOP. HOPING HE WOULD STOP. HE DIDN’T. HE DIDN’T.>>Reporter: HE WAS JOHN>>Reporter: HE WAS JOHN COUGHLIN, ANOTHER FIGURE SKATER COUGHLIN, ANOTHER FIGURE SKATER WHO DIED BY SUICIDE EARLIER THIS WHO DIED BY SUICIDE EARLIER THIS YEAR WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION YEAR WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFE BY THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT AMID ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL SPORT AMID ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. MISCONDUCT. WAGNER EXPLAINING WHY SHE CAME WAGNER EXPLAINING WHY SHE CAME FORWARD TO “USA TODAY.” FORWARD TO “USA TODAY.”>>I HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE.>>I HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE. TO STAY QUIET OR TO PUSH FORWARD TO STAY QUIET OR TO PUSH FORWARD AND DEMAND CHANGE IN THE SPORT AND DEMAND CHANGE IN THE SPORT THAT I LOVE. THAT I LOVE. I CHOSE TO SPEAK UP. I CHOSE TO SPEAK UP.>>ASHLEY WAGNER JOINS US NOW.>>ASHLEY WAGNER JOINS US NOW. GOOD MORNING, ASHLEY. GOOD MORNING, ASHLEY. THANKS FORRING BE INGBEING HERE. THANKS FORRING BE INGBEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>NOW THAT YOU’VE COME FORWARD>>NOW THAT YOU’VE COME FORWARD AS THE HIGHEST PROFILE STATE AS THE HIGHEST PROFILE STATE SCATHE SCATHE SKATER TO DO THIS, DO YOU THINK SKATER TO DO THIS, DO YOU THINK OTHERS WILL FIND THE COURAGE TO OTHERS WILL FIND THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD, NOT JUST AGAINST COME FORWARD, NOT JUST AGAINST WHAT JOHN DID BUT FROM OTHERS? WHAT JOHN DID BUT FROM OTHERS?>>I TRULY HOPE SO.>>I TRULY HOPE SO. I THINK FOR ME, THE MAIN REASON I THINK FOR ME, THE MAIN REASON I DECIDED TO COME FORWARD WITH I DECIDED TO COME FORWARD WITH MY STORY WAS TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT MY STORY WAS TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS. THAT YOU CAN MAKE A STAND FOR THAT YOU CAN MAKE A STAND FOR WHAT YOU DESERVE, THE WAY WOMEN WHAT YOU DESERVE, THE WAY WOMEN AND MEN IN SPORT AND THIS WORLD AND MEN IN SPORT AND THIS WORLD DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE. DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE. AFTER COMING FORWARD WITH MY AFTER COMING FORWARD WITH MY STORY, I RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF STORY, I RECEIVED THOUSANDS OF MESSAGES FROM MEN AND WOMEN MESSAGES FROM MEN AND WOMEN TELLING ME THAT THEY EXPERIENCED TELLING ME THAT THEY EXPERIENCED SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR AND THAT SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR AND THAT THEY — I WAS THE FIRST PERSON THEY — I WAS THE FIRST PERSON THEY HAD TOLD. THEY HAD TOLD. FOR ME, EVERY SINGLE MESSAGE I FOR ME, EVERY SINGLE MESSAGE I GET LIKE THAT JUST PROVES TO ME GET LIKE THAT JUST PROVES TO ME THAT IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION THAT IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION TO COME FORWARD. TO COME FORWARD. PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL LIKE THEY PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL LIKE THEY CAN TALK ABOUT THIS. CAN TALK ABOUT THIS. IT IS DISGUSTING HOW COMMON IT IT IS DISGUSTING HOW COMMON IT IS. IS.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT. AND THIS HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN YOU AND THIS HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN YOU WERE 17. WERE 17.>>MM-HMM.>>MM-HMM.>>WHY NOW?>>WHY NOW? WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME FORWARD NOW? FORWARD NOW? WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT OTHER WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE DONE THAT KIND OF PEOPLE HAVE DONE THAT KIND OF GAVE YOU THE COURAGE TO COME GAVE YOU THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD? FORWARD?>>SO WHEN ALL OF THIS KIND OF>>SO WHEN ALL OF THIS KIND OF STARTED TO GO DOWN, JOHN HAD A STARTED TO GO DOWN, JOHN HAD A COUPLE OF WOMEN COME FORWARD COUPLE OF WOMEN COME FORWARD ACCUSING HIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. ACCUSING HIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. I WAS CONSIDERING AT THE TIME I WAS CONSIDERING AT THE TIME STEPPING FORWARD JUST TO KIND OF STEPPING FORWARD JUST TO KIND OF ADD A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR TO ADD A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR TO THESE WOMEN’S CLAIMS. THESE WOMEN’S CLAIMS. UNFORTUNATELY, I DIDN’T COME UNFORTUNATELY, I DIDN’T COME FORWARD SOON ENOUGH. FORWARD SOON ENOUGH. THEN IN JANUARY, I WATCHED ALYSA THEN IN JANUARY, I WATCHED ALYSA LIU, OUR CURRENT NATIONAL LIU, OUR CURRENT NATIONAL CHAMPION, SHE’S 13 YEARS OLD, 13 CHAMPION, SHE’S 13 YEARS OLD, 13 AT THE SENIOR LEVEL, COMING INTO AT THE SENIOR LEVEL, COMING INTO THIS WORLD THAT I FIND SO THIS WORLD THAT I FIND SO EXTREMELY FLAWED, AND IT MADE ME EXTREMELY FLAWED, AND IT MADE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH. SICK TO MY STOMACH. I FEEL LIKE IT IS MY JOB, AS I FEEL LIKE IT IS MY JOB, AS SOMEONE IN THE — IN THIS SOMEONE IN THE — IN THIS GENERATION OF SKATING, TO MAKE GENERATION OF SKATING, TO MAKE THE SPORT SAFER. THE SPORT SAFER. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE. I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. THAT 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL DOES NOT THAT 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL DOES NOT DESERVE TO GO THROUGH THE WORLD DESERVE TO GO THROUGH THE WORLD THE WAY THAT I DID. THE WAY THAT I DID. IT WAS IN THAT MOMENT WHEN I SAW IT WAS IN THAT MOMENT WHEN I SAW HER BECOME NATIONAL CHAMPION HER BECOME NATIONAL CHAMPION THAT I KNEW THAT I NEEDED TO THAT I KNEW THAT I NEEDED TO COME FORWARD. COME FORWARD. I STARTED WRITING DOWN MY STORY. I STARTED WRITING DOWN MY STORY. I LOOKTOOK ABOUT A MONTH TO GET I LOOKTOOK ABOUT A MONTH TO GET OUT, AND THEN I APPROACHED U.S. OUT, AND THEN I APPROACHED U.S. FIGURE SKATING IN FEBRUARY AND FIGURE SKATING IN FEBRUARY AND JUST SAID, I’M PUTTING THIS JUST SAID, I’M PUTTING THIS STORY OUT WITH OR WITHOUT YOU STORY OUT WITH OR WITHOUT YOU GUYS. GUYS. LET’S DO SOMETHING TOGETHER LET’S DO SOMETHING TOGETHER BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE THIS A BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE. BETTER PLACE. YOU GUYS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU GUYS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ENVIRONMENT. THIS ENVIRONMENT.>>BEFORE HIS DEATH, WHILE HE>>BEFORE HIS DEATH, WHILE HE WAS UNDER INFORMATION, “USA WAS UNDER INFORMATION, “USA TODAY” REPORTED JOHN COUGHLIN TODAY” REPORTED JOHN COUGHLIN EMAILED THIS FOLLOWING EMAILED THIS FOLLOWING STATEMENT. STATEMENT. WHILE I WISH I COULD SPEAK WHILE I WISH I COULD SPEAK FREELY ABOUT THE UNFOUNDED FREELY ABOUT THE UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS LEVYIED AGAINST ME, ALLEGATIONS LEVYIED AGAINST ME, THE ALLEGATION ITSELF STATED AN THE ALLEGATION ITSELF STATED AN ALLEGATION IN NO WAY CONSTITUTES ALLEGATION IN NO WAY CONSTITUTES A FINDING BY SAFE SPORT OR THERE A FINDING BY SAFE SPORT OR THERE IS ANY MERIT TO THE ALLEGATION. IS ANY MERIT TO THE ALLEGATION. YOU WERE RELUCTANT TO NAME HIM. YOU WERE RELUCTANT TO NAME HIM. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHY YOU CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHY YOU ULTIMATELY DECIDED TO GO AHEAD ULTIMATELY DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND ACTUALLY PUT A NAME TO THIS? AND ACTUALLY PUT A NAME TO THIS?>>WELL, I DIDN’T WANT TO NAME>>WELL, I DIDN’T WANT TO NAME HIM ORIGINALLY. HIM ORIGINALLY. I GENUINELY, FOR QUITE A LONG I GENUINELY, FOR QUITE A LONG TIME, WAS DEAD SET ON NOT TIME, WAS DEAD SET ON NOT PUTTING HIS NAME OUT THERE. PUTTING HIS NAME OUT THERE. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT AS A WOMAN BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT AS A WOMAN COMING FORWARD, IF I DON’T HAVE COMING FORWARD, IF I DON’T HAVE A NAME, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO A NAME, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO QUESTION IF IT IS TRUE, WHO QUESTION IF IT IS TRUE, WHO REALLY DID THIS, WHAT AM I REALLY DID THIS, WHAT AM I ACTUALLY DOING TO PROTECT ACTUALLY DOING TO PROTECT CHILDREN IF I CAN’T NAME THIS CHILDREN IF I CAN’T NAME THIS PERSON. PERSON. I KNEW AT THE END OF THE DAY, I KNEW AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE NAME WAS ONE PART OF THE THE NAME WAS ONE PART OF THE PUZZLE. PUZZLE. WHAT I’M REALLY TRYING TO TALK WHAT I’M REALLY TRYING TO TALK ABOUT ISN’T WHO DID THIS TO ME ABOUT ISN’T WHO DID THIS TO ME BUT THE ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWED BUT THE ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN. IT TO HAPPEN. THAT’S WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. THAT’S WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE.>>EARLIER THIS WEEK, SIMONE>>EARLIER THIS WEEK, SIMONE BILES SAID USA GYMNASTICS HAD BILES SAID USA GYMNASTICS HAD ONE THING TO DO, PROTECT THE ONE THING TO DO, PROTECT THE ATHLETES, AND THEY FAILED. ATHLETES, AND THEY FAILED. OUR EXEC FIFUTIVE PRODUCER SPOKE OUR EXEC FIFUTIVE PRODUCER SPOKE U.S. FIGURE SKATING, WHO SAID U.S. FIGURE SKATING, WHO SAID THEY FEEL THEY DO A GOOD JOB BUT THEY FEEL THEY DO A GOOD JOB BUT DOESN’T MEAN IMPROVEMENTS CAN’T DOESN’T MEAN IMPROVEMENTS CAN’T BE MADE. BE MADE. YOU BROUGHT UP A POINT, WHEN YOU YOU BROUGHT UP A POINT, WHEN YOU HAVE 13-YEAR-OLDS AND HAVE 13-YEAR-OLDS AND 22-YEAR-OLDS IN THE SAME PLACE, 22-YEAR-OLDS IN THE SAME PLACE, THERE NEEDS TO BE, WHEN YOU’RE THERE NEEDS TO BE, WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING, AN OUTSIDE CHAPERONE, TRAVELING, AN OUTSIDE CHAPERONE, SOMEONE WHO IS NOT YOUR JUDGE, SOMEONE WHO IS NOT YOUR JUDGE, SOMEONE WHO YOU CAN BE HONEST SOMEONE WHO YOU CAN BE HONEST AND OPEN WITH. AND OPEN WITH.>>WELL, THAT WAS ONE OF THE>>WELL, THAT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CHANGES I WENT TO U.S. FIRST CHANGES I WENT TO U.S. FIGURE SKATING WITH. FIGURE SKATING WITH. OUR TEAM LEADERS ARE TYPICALLY OUR TEAM LEADERS ARE TYPICALLY JUDGES AND OFFICIALS IN THE JUDGES AND OFFICIALS IN THE SPORT. SPORT. IMAGINE SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENS IMAGINE SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENS AT A SKATING PARTY OR SOMETHING AT A SKATING PARTY OR SOMETHING AT A COMPETITION, I’M NOT GOING AT A COMPETITION, I’M NOT GOING TO GO TELL MY CHAPERON WHAT TO GO TELL MY CHAPERON WHAT HAPPENED TO ME WHEN SHE’S GOING HAPPENED TO ME WHEN SHE’S GOING TO BE ON MY PANEL JUDGING ME AT TO BE ON MY PANEL JUDGING ME AT NATIONALS. NATIONALS. IT DOESN’T ALLOW FOR ANY IT DOESN’T ALLOW FOR ANY CONVERSATION. CONVERSATION. U.S. FIGURE SKATING HAS MADE AN U.S. FIGURE SKATING HAS MADE AN INCREDIBLE CHANGE, IN THAT CHAM INCREDIBLE CHANGE, IN THAT CHAM ROAN ROAN CHAPERONES ARE NOW TRAINED TO CHAPERONES ARE NOW TRAINED TO PROTECT KIDS. PROTECT KIDS. IT IS NOT ENOUGH. IT IS NOT ENOUGH. IT IS A START, BUT CHANGE NEEDS IT IS A START, BUT CHANGE NEEDS TO HAPPEN QUICKER. TO HAPPEN QUICKER. EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT GOES BY EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT GOES BY WITHOUT A MASSIVE CHANGE BEING WITHOUT A MASSIVE CHANGE BEING MADE IS ANOTHER KID BEING PUT IN MADE IS ANOTHER KID BEING PUT IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION. AN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION.>>ASHLEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR>>ASHLEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE YOUNGCOURAGE AND FOR BEING H THE YOUNGCOURAGE AND FOR BEING H AS WELL. AS WELL.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>23IF YOU’RE A SURVIVOR OF>>23IF YOU’RE A SURVIVOR OF NATIONAL ASSAULT, CALL 1-

Figure Skater Ashley Wagner Opens Up About Sexual Assault | TODAY

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  • August 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    People with power will always abuse their power and can we all just admit all men can find girls 16 and up attractive?

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    Where is that dress from? Love it!!

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    When these confessions are made years later, it is more difficult to believe them, especially when there is no evidence and no other side to hear from. I get that it's scary and embarrassing to speak up right away, but the more time passes by the harder it is to be supportive and believe someone.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    This may be the worst lying and acting job yet. On top of that, the Today Show and NBC has zero credibility. Remember your ridiculous Ryan Lochte story. That is just one of thousands of times you have lied to the public. There is a reason nobody watches you anymore.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    i listen to todays show… i dont listen to kissFM all though i used to listen to their radiostation…

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    Today spun the video that was ALREADY spun to make her accusation sound worse… why?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:51 am
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    My question to her is why was she at a Skating party drinking alcohol being a minor anyway she should be looking into who was holding that party.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:55 am
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    She was scared , thats why she was ar a party and drinking illegally, she should have been even kicked off the skating from the start

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    It's awful funny the other girls he was with were much prettier and had No Problems with John at all .The ones accusing him, he dumped for the better ones and the homely looking ones were pouting wah wah

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