U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner missed a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympic team after a fall at the U.S. championship. Convinced she would retire if she could not win the nationals within two years, Wagner, 22, went on to secure the 2012 and 2013 titles. Hard work has paid off. She now looks set to become an Olympian in Sochi. An outspoken critic of Russia’s anti-gay laws, Wagner has also become a guiding conscience of the U.S. team. Be sure to check out Ozy’s look at U.S. Olympic hopefuls.