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Gracie Gold - US Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Figure Skater

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Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold

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Young Ice Skating Champion:

U.S. Figure Skater, Gracie Gold, rose to the top of the U.S. national and international figure skating scene very quickly.  She is the 2014 US ladies figure skating champion.  At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, she placed 4th, but also earned a bronze medal in the team figure skating event.   

In 2012, she became the U.S. Junior ladies champion and the junior world figure skating silver medalist; then, in 2013, she earned a spot on the U.S. World Figure Skating Team when she won a silver medal in the Championship ladies event at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.  She won the US ladies title in 2014.

Gold's sixth place finish at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships helped the United States to earn three spots in the ladies event for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in figure skating.

Competition Record and Highlights:

  • 2014 - Bronze Medalist Olympic Figure Skating Team Event
  • 2014 - 4th Olympic Winter Games
  • 2013 - 6th World Figure Skating Championships, sixth place
  • 2013 - 6th Four Continents Championships
  • 2013 - United States Figure Skating Ladies Silver Medalist
  • 2012 - World Team Trophy Silver Medalist
  • 2012 - Junior World Silver Medalist
  • 2012 - United States Junior Ladies National Champion

Early Skating:

Gracie Gold, and her twin sister, Carly, first ice skated when they were two and a half years old in Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother took the very active twins skating on frozen marshes.

The Gold family left the Boston area when Gracie and Carly were five. In second grade, Gracie went to a skating birthday party in Springfield, Missouri. After watching figure skaters jump and spin on the ice, she asked her mother for ice skating lessons.

Gracie began taking group ice skating lessons once a week and I loved skating. Her sister, Carly, also began to skate. They improved quickly and began to skate more and more. Soon, they were skating in the very early morning hours before school and eventually traveled far from their home for coaching and ice time.

As time passed, the Gold family moved for the Gracie's and Carly's skating. During the week, the girls and their mother stayed in rented home in a Chicago suburb and on the weekends, the family came together in Springfield, Illinois or Gracie's father traveled to Chicago from Springfield.

Hobbies and Interests:

Reading, juggling, tennis, and music are some of Gold's interests outside of skating.

Competed in Pair Skating:

For a time, Gracie Gold, competed in pair skating. She and Sean Hickey competed together at the 2007 Junior National Figure Skating Championships. They won a bronze medal in the Juvenile Pairs event.

Education:

University of Missouri High School is an online distance learning program. Gracie and her sister, Carly, attended that program rather than attend a brick and mortar school. The program gave the sisters flexibility so they could devote more time to figure skating training. It also helped relieve some stress.

Proud Parents:

Denise Gold is a nurse and Carl Gold is an anesthesiologist. Gracie Gold's parents sacrificed much to make their daughters' skating dreams happen.

Hopes and Dreams:

Gracie Gold dreamed of competing in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and that dream did become a reality.  She was considered by some as America's hope for figure skating since her jumping ability is consistent and comes easily and also, she is a beautiful artistic skater. 

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