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. 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:
- 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
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.
Eventually, the Gold family moved for the Gracie's and Carly's skating. During the week, the girls and their mother stay in rented home in a Chicago suburb and on the weekends, the family comes together in Springfield, Illinois or Gracie's father travels 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:
University of Missouri High School is an online distance learning program. Gracie and her sister, Carly, attend that program rather than attend a brick and mortar school. The program gives the sisters flexibility so they can devote more time to figure skating training. It also has helped relieve some stress.
Denise Gold is a nurse and Carl Gold is an anesthesiologist. Gracie Gold's parents have sacrificed much to make their daughters' skating dreams happen since Carl Gold remains in Springfield, Illinois during the week, while the rest of his family stays in a rented house in Chicago so the girls can train.
Hopes and Dreams:
Gracie Gold dreams of competing in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She is 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. Her silver medal at the 2013 US Figure Skating Championships earned her a spot on the 2013 US World Figure Skating team, so Gold's Olympic dreams may certainly become a reality.
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