Olympian Ashley Wagner to headline First Night skating spectacular

"I think it’s so easy to come down, enjoy the lights, enjoy the music, the skating, and have a good time."

Ashley Wagner, a German-born figure skater who competes for the US, is sponsored by big names companies including CoverGirl, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Hilton, and Pandora Jewelry. She appeared in a Hilton Hotels Worldwide commercial “Weekend.’’
Ashley Wagner. –BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS

Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner is set to headline the Skating Club of Boston’s Frog Pond Skating Spectacular at First Night on New Year’s Eve, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A world silver medalist and three-time US champion, she will be joined by members of the Skating Club, Team Excel Synchronized Skating, and more. Wagner spoke to the Globe ahead of the event about the skating spectacular, moving to Boston, and her future plans.

Q. What can people expect at the skating spectacular?

A. It’s basically a nice, family-friendly evening with a couple of performances by local skaters. We’ll have a synchronized skating team. Theatre On Ice, which is a really cool community production, will be putting on a number, and then an individual number from me.

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Q. Can you tell us anything about your number or is it a surprise?

A. It’s going to be a surprise, but basically it’ll be great music and very entertaining. I think the show itself will be a nice night. People can just come out and bring the kids and have something fun to watch.

Q. How did you get involved in this?

A. I just moved out to Boston, maybe four months ago, and I am coaching at the Skating Club of Boston. This show is put on by the skating club, so they approached me and asked me if I would like to take part in it. I think it’s really important for people and young skaters to feel like Olympic athletes are accessible to them. So, for me, doing local events is really important. So it was a great opportunity for me to perform locally.

Q. How has it been in Boston so far?

A. I actually really, really love it. I love this city. It’s been a great time so far.

Q. I heard you’re thinking about going into sports journalism. Can you talk a little bit more about that?

A. I would love to go into sports broadcasting. I work part-time for NBC commentating on figure skating events, so that’s a road that I would love to kind of go further down. I think that for me, in the world that I’ve grown up in, I just so relate to athletes and the trials and tribulations that every individual has to go through to kind of get to the highest level of sport. For me, getting to the bottom of those individual stories is something I would love to kind of explore.

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Q. Would you be interested in just reporting on figure skating or any type of sport?

A. I would love to kind of break into all kinds of sports. I just think that I relate to athletes a lot, obviously, so for me, it’s a world that I understand and group of people that I can really identify with.

Q. Is there anything else that you think people should know about the skating spectacular?

A. The coolest part about the show is that it’s a free night, and I think that you’ll be seeing great quality skating, and the park is beautiful right now. I think it’s so easy to come down, enjoy the lights, enjoy the music, the skating, and have a good time.