Gracie Gold

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Gracie Gold
2012 ISU World Team Trophy Gracie GOLD2.jpg
Gold at the 2012 World Team Trophy
Personal information
Full name Grace Elizabeth Gold[1]
Country represented United States
Born (1995-08-17) August 17, 1995 (age 19)
Newton, Massachusetts
Home town Springfield, Illinois
Residence Hermosa Beach, California[2]
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[3]
Coach Frank Carroll
Former coach Alexander Ouriashev, Toni Hickey, Susan Liss, Amy Vorhaben
Choreographer Marina Zueva, Pasquale Camerlengo, Scott Brown, Oleg Epstein
Training locations El Segundo, California
Former training locations Crystal Lake, Illinois[4]
Began skating 2003
World standing 6 (As of 4 July 2014)[5]
Season's bests 6 (2013–2014)[6]
9 (2012–2013)[7]
12 (2011–2012)[8]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 205.53
2014 Winter Olympics
Short program 70.31
2014 World
Free skate 136.90
2014 Winter Olympics

Grace Elizabeth Gold[9] (born August 17, 1995), known as Gracie Gold, is an American figure skater. She is the 2012 World Junior silver medalist, 2013 U.S. national silver medalist, and 2014 U.S. national champion. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Gold received a bronze medal in the team event and placed 4th in the ladies' single skating competition. She placed 5th at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Personal life[edit]

Grace Elizabeth Gold was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Denise, an ER nurse, and Carl Gold, an anesthesiologist.[10][11] Her fraternal twin sister, Carly Christine Gold, is younger by 40 minutes and is also a competitive figure skater.[12][13] Gold and her family are Roman Catholic.[citation needed]

Gold was raised in Springfield, Missouri before moving to Springfield, Illinois.[10] She attended ninth grade at Glenwood Senior High School in Chatham, Illinois before switching to online education.[11][14] She has taken ballet lessons.[15]

Career[edit]

Gold started skating at age 7 and began training with a professional when she was 13. She worked with Alexia Griffin, then joined Susan Liss before switching to Toni Hickey in Springfield, Illinois.[10][16] Her next coach was Alex Ouriashev, who worked with her at two rinks in the Chicago area.[11]

Gold was fourth on the novice level at the 2010 U.S. Championships. The next season, she competed on the junior level but finished sixth at the Midwestern Sectionals and failed to qualify for the national championships.[17] After the event, she began preparing for the following season by working to increase her technical content.[17]

2011–2012 season[edit]

Gold made her international debut at the Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, winning gold at the event. She then qualified for the 2012 U.S. Championships on the Junior level, where she won both the short and long programs to take the gold medal. Her total of 178.92 points is a record for a junior lady at the U.S. Championships. Gold won gold in all seven of her competitions this season, leading into the U.S. Championships. She then competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Her luggage was delayed for two days but not her skates.[18] Gold won the silver medal at the event. She signed with International Management Group.[19]

Gold was named in the U.S. team to the 2012 World Team Trophy.[19] At her senior international debut, she finished 5th overall behind fellow Junior Worlds medalist Adelina Sotnikova.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Gold finished 7th in her senior Grand Prix debut at the 2012 Skate Canada. She then worked with a sports psychologist on her focus and refined her programs in Canton, Michigan.[20] At her second event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup, she won the silver medal.[21] At her first senior U.S. Nationals, Gold placed ninth in the short program, first in the free skate, and won the silver medal overall with a score of 186.57 points.[22][23] She was named in the U.S. team to the 2013 Four Continents and finished 6th at the event. At the 2013 World Championships, she placed ninth in the short program, fifth in the free skate, and 6th overall setting a new personal best score of 184.25 points. Gold, with teammate Ashley Wagner, who finished in fifth place, thus secured three spots for the US women at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

At the 2013 World Team Trophy in Tokyo, Gold placed third in the short program and third in the free skate to finish third overall, setting a personal and season best score total of 188.03 points. Team USA won the team gold for the second time since 2009.

In July 2013, Gold became a Pandora Jewelry ambassador.[24]

2013–2014 season[edit]

After parting ways with her coach, Alex Ourashiev, in late August 2013, Gold trained with Marina Zueva and Oleg Epstein in Canton, Michigan, while searching for a new permanent coach.[25] She took silver at her first event of the season, the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. After the event she traveled to California for a week-long tryout with Frank Carroll at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.[25] On September 25, 2013, it was announced that Carroll would be her permanent coach.[26]

During the 2013–14 ISU Grand Prix series, Gold competed at the 2013 Skate Canada, placing first in the short program with a personal best of 69.45 and third in the free skate, winning the bronze medal overall. At her next event (the 2013 NHK Trophy) she finished 4th and became the third alternate for the Grand Prix Final.

At the 2014 US Championships, Gold placed first in the short program with 72.12 points, the highest-ever ladies' score earned at the US Championships under the ISU Judging System. She went on to win the free skate with another record score of 139.57, thus securing her first US title.[citation needed] She was named to the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She won a bronze medal in the Olympic team event and finished 4th in the ladies singles event with a score of 205.53 points.[3] Gold was assigned to represent the USA at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, where she placed 5th overall. At the end of the season, she performed with Stars On Ice.[27]

2014–2015 season[edit]

Gold began her season at the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event where she won the bronze medal behind Russians Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Alena Leonova. Her 2014-15 ISU Grand Prix competitions are the 2014 Skate America where she won bronze, and 2014 NHK Trophy Nov. 28-30 in Osaka, Japan.

Programs[edit]

Gold won the silver medal at the 2012 Junior World Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2014–2015
[15][28]
  • Phantasia
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
    by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    choreo. by Lori Nichol
2013–2014
[29][30]
  • Piano Concerto in A minor
    by Edvard Grieg
    choreo. by Frank Carroll

2012–2013
[19][31]
2011–2012
[32][33]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Gracie Gold at the 2013 Skate Canada podium
Gracie Gold at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup podium

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[34]
Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 4th
Worlds 6th 5th
Four Continents 6th
GP NHK Trophy 4th TBD
GP Rostel. Cup 2nd
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada 7th 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 3rd
U.S. Classic 2nd 2nd
International: Junior[34]
Junior Worlds 2nd
JGP Estonia 1st
National[33]
U.S. Champ. 4th N. 1st J. 2nd 1st
Midwestern 6th J. 1st J.
Team events
Olympics 3rd
World Team
Trophy
2nd T
(5th P)
1st T
(3rd P)
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Gold at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Pewter medals for fourth-place finishes awarded only at U.S. national and regional events.)

2014–2015 season
Date Event SP FS Total
October 24-26, 2014 2014 Skate America 3
60.81
3
118.57
3
179.38
September 25-27, 2014 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy 3
61.82
2
120.49
3
182.31
2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24–30, 2014 2014 World Championships 5
70.31
7
124.27
5
194.58
February 7–23, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics – Individual 4
68.63
5
136.90
4
205.53
February 7–23, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics – Team Event 2
129.38
3
January 5–12, 2014 2014 U.S. Championships 1
72.12
1
139.57
1
211.69
November 8–10, 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 4
62.83
3
114.98
4
177.81
October 25–27, 2013 2013 Skate Canada 1
69.45
3
117.20
3
186.75
September 11–15, 2013 2013 U.S. Classic 1
58.49
3
106.19
2
164.68
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 3
60.98
3
127.05
3
188.03
March 11–17, 2013 2013 World Championships 9
58.85
5
125.40
6
184.25
February 8–11, 2013 2013 Four Continents 5
60.36
6
106.30
6
166.66
January 19–27, 2013 2013 U.S. Championships 9
54.08
1
132.49
2
186.57
November 9–11, 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 1
62.16
2
112.87
2
175.03
October 26–28, 2012 2012 Skate Canada International 9
52.19
6
99.38
7
151.57
September 12–16, 2012 2012 U.S. Classic 2
59.37
1
111.78
2
171.15
2011–2012 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
April 18–22, 2012 2012 ISU World Team Trophy Senior 4
59.07
5
110.58
5
169.65
February 27 – March 4, 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 2
58.00
2
113.85
2
171.85
January 22–29, 2012 2012 U.S. Junior Championships Junior 1
60.21
1
118.17
1
178.92
November 15–19, 2011 2012 Midwestern Sectionals Junior 1
59.18
1
115.72
1
174.90
October 12–15, 2011 2011 JGP Estonia Junior 1
60.18
1
112.51
1
172.69
2010–2011 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 9–13, 2010 2011 Midwestern Sectionals Junior 6
40.52
6
75.55
6
116.07
2009–2010 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 9–13, 2010 2010 U.S. Novice Championships Novice 6
4
4
123.61

References[edit]

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