PROFILE
Name:
Gracie Gold
Birth Date:
August 17, 1995
Birth Place:
Newton, Massachusetts
Height:
5' 4" (1.63 m)
Nationality:
American
Profession:
Figure Skater
BIOGRAPHY
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Gracie Gold_190214
US Champion

Background:

American figure skater Gracie Gold is known as the 2012 World Junior silver medalist and the 2014 U.S. national champion. She won bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Games. Gold started skating in 2003. In July 2013, she was named a Pandora Jewelry ambassador.     

Twins

Childhood and Family:

Gracie Gold was born Grace Elizabeth Gold on August 17, 1995, in Newton, Massachusetts. Her father, Carl Gold, is an anesthesiologist, while her mother, Denise, is an ER nurse. She has a fraternal twin sister, Carly, who is 40 minutes younger than her. Carly is also a competitive figure skater.

Gracie grew up in Springfield, Missouri. She went on to relocate to Springfield, Illinois. She attended Glenwood Senior High School in Chatham, Illinois before switching to online education at MU High School. Currently, Gracie resides in Los Angeles, California. She has showed a desire to become an orthodontist or physician.  

World Junior Silver Medalist

Career:

Now coached by Frank Carroll, Gracie Gold started training with Amy Vorhaben and Max Liu before working with Alexia Griffin, then Susan Liss and eventually Toni Hickey in Springfield, Illinois. She then worked with Alex Ouriashev at two rinks  in the Chicago area.

In the 2009-2010 season, Gold reached the fourth placing on the novice level at the U.S. Championships. She continued to compete on the junior level for the 2010-2011 season, but only finished sixth at the Midwestern Sectionals. As a result, she was unable to qualify for the national championships. Following the event, she worked harder to improve her technical content to compete at the next season.   

In the 2011-2012 season, Gold made her international debut at the Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, and ended up winning the gold medal at the event. She then qualified for the 2012 U.S. Championships on the Junior level, in which she won both the short and long programs to take the gold medal. With a total of 178.92 points, she made a record for a junior lady at the U.S. Championships. Gold received gold in all seven of her competitions this season, leading into the U.S. Championships  She won silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Gold was named in the U.S. team to the 2012 World Team Trophy. At her senior international debut, she placed 5th overall behind fellow Junior Worlds medalist Adelina Sotnikova.

As for 2012-2013 season, Gold made her senior Grand Prix debut at the 2012 Skate Canada, in which she finished 7th. She won silver medal at her second GP event at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. She finished 6th at the 2013 Four Continents, as well as placed ninth in the short program, fifth in the free skate, and 6th overall the 2013 Worlds Championships. Therefore, she obtained three spots for the US women at the 2014 Winter Olympics. At the 2013 World Team Trophy in Tokyo, Gold finished third in the short program and third in the free skate to finish third overall. Team USA picked up the gold medal  for the second time since 2009.

Opening the 2013-2014 season, Gold got silver medal at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. She went on to compete at the 2013 Grand Prix Skate Canada, where she finished first in the short program, third in the free skate and won the bronze medal overall. She next placed fourth at the  2013 NHK Trophy.

At the 2014 US Championships, Gold scored 72.12 points in the short program, making it highest ever ladies' score achieved at the US Championships under the ISU Judging System, and finished the first place. She continued to win the free skate with another record score of 139.57, thus securing her first US title. Gold  was named in the U.S. team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and won a bronze medal in the team event. Gold appeared on one of the four front covers of the Sports Illustrated Olympic Preview edition.    

Awards:

Olympic Games: Bronze, Team, 2014
US Championships: Gold, Ladies' singles, 2014
US Championships: Silver, Ladies' singles, 2013
World Junior Championships: Silver, Ladies' singles, 2012 Show Less

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