All the skaters who competed in the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, whether or not they medaled or managed to reach the full measure of their expectations, are world-class athletes worthy of praise.
Yet with both national championship medals and invitations to the U.S. Olympic figure skating team that will compete in Sochi next month on the line, there simply have to be winners and losers coming out of the event.
All the skaters who earned bids to the 2014 Winter Olympics undoubtedly feel like winners as they leave Boston behind. In varying degrees, those who didn't advance to Sochi are looking back and wondering what went wrong and what the future holds moving forward.
Some, like veteran skater Ashley Wagner, who earned a trip to the Olympics despite a relatively poor performance in the national championships, undoubtedly feel a mix of emotions that makes it difficult to put them in one category or another.
All that said, here are the athletes and performances that are worthy of note as winners and losers in the wake of a drama-filled U.S. Figure Skating Championships.