For the second consecutive Olympics, no American stood on the podium in women's figure skating. But the three U.S. athletes here, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds, already have their sights set on 2018.
Olympic selection rules allow for a skater to be named to the team even if she does not finish among the top three at nationals. If Ashley Wagner doesn't podium after Saturday's free skate, should she be on the squad anyway?
If Lindsey Vonn wants to race against men, it cannot be a one-off. Otherwise, the skier risks sending the message that the women's side of the sport is not as talented or as important as the men's side.