Ashley Wagner became the first American woman to medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in ten years when she won silver in Boston on Sunday. The Monday morning after her win, she posted this message to Instagram:


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Wagner hasn’t had the easiest road to the podium: She almost quit five years ago when she couldn’t afford to keep competing, and ended up working at a Lucky Brand jean’s store in California to pay the bills while she trained. Her win on Sunday was the result of hard work and perseverance. As she wrote, “I have consistently been demanded to prove my existence in this sport, and finally I feel like I can silence all of that extra noise.”

Photos: U.S. women's figure skating through the years