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Gracie Gold
2015 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Gracie Gold IMG 8672.JPG
Personal information
Full nameGrace Elizabeth Gold[1]
Country representedUnited States
Born (1995-08-17) August 17, 1995 (age 23)
Newton, Massachusetts
Home townSpringfield, Illinois[2][3]
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[4]
CoachVincent Restencourt[5] , Pavel Filchenkov, Irina Yakovleva
Former coachMarina Zueva, Oleg Epstein, Frank Carroll, Alexander Ouriashev, Toni Hickey, Susan Liss, Amy Vorhaben, Alexia Griffin
ChoreographerVincent Restencourt
Former choreographerMarina Zueva, Lori Nichol, Pasquale Camerlengo, Scott Brown, Oleg Epstein
Skating clubIceWorks SSC
Former skating clubWagon Wheel FSC
Training locationsAston, Pennsylvania
Former training locationsCanton, Michigan, El Segundo, California
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, Missouri[6]
Began skating2003
World standing27 (2017–18)
10 (2016–17)
6 (2015–16)
6 (2014–15)
7 (2013–14)
18 (2012–13)
67 (2011–12)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total211.29
2016 Worlds
Short program76.43
2016 Worlds
Free skate137.41
2015 Skate America

Grace Elizabeth Gold (born August 17, 1995), known as Gracie Gold,[7] is an American figure skater. She is the 2012 World Junior silver medalist, winner of two Grand Prix events (2014 NHK Trophy and 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard), and a two-time U.S. national champion (2014 and 2016). Gold was named to the U.S team for the 2014 Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the team event, and placing fourth in the ladies' singles. Her highest placement at a World Championship is fourth, achieved consecutively in 2015 and 2016.

Gold is the first and only American woman to win an NHK Trophy title. She also holds the record for the highest short program score ever recorded by an American woman: 76.43, scored in the 2016 World Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Grace Elizabeth Gold was born on August 17, 1995 in Newton, Massachusetts.[8] She is the daughter of Denise, an ER nurse, and Carl Gold, an anesthesiologist.[9][10] Her fraternal twin sister, Carly Gold (named after their father), is younger by 40 minutes and also competed in figure skating.[11][12]

Gold was raised in Springfield, Missouri, before moving to Springfield, Illinois.[9] She has also stated that she has lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.[13] She attended ninth grade at Glenwood Senior High School in Chatham, Illinois, before switching to online education through the University of Missouri.[10][14] She has taken ballet lessons to improve her performance.[15]

Career[edit]

Gold started skating at age 8.[3] She began training with Amy Vorhaben and Max Liu before switching to work with Alexia Griffin. Later she joined Susan Liss and then switched to Toni Hickey in Springfield, Illinois.[9][16] Her next coach was Alex Ouriashev, who worked with her at two rinks in the Chicago area.[10]

Gold competed in pairs with Sean Hickey. They placed eighth in juvenile pairs at the 2007 U.S. Junior Championships.[3][17]

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.[18] After the event, she began preparing for the following season by working to increase her technical content.[18]

2011–12 season: International debut[edit]

Gold (left) won the silver medal at the 2012 Junior World Championships

Gold made her international debut at the Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, winning gold. She then qualified for the 2012 U.S. Championships on the junior level, where she won both the short and long programs to win 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. Gold won the silver medal at the event. She signed with International Management Group.[19]

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

2012–13 season[edit]

Gold finished seventh 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 and first in the free skate, winning the silver medal overall with a score of 186.57 points.[22][23] She was named to compete at the 2013 Four Continents, where she finished sixth. At the 2013 World Championships, she placed ninth in the short program, fifth in the free skate, and sixth overall setting a new personal best total score of 184.25 points. Gold's sixth-place finish along with teammate Ashley Wagner's fifth-place finish secured three spots for the U.S. 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]

2013–14 season: First national title & Olympic medal[edit]

After parting ways with 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 the 2013 NHK Trophy, she finished fourth. Gold was the third alternate for the Grand Prix Final.

At the 2014 U.S. Championships, Gold placed first in the short program with 72.12 points, the highest-ever ladies' score earned at the U.S. 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 senior national 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 fourth in the ladies singles event with a score of 205.53 points.[27] Gold was assigned to the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, where she placed fifth overall. At the end of the season, she performed with Stars On Ice.[28]

2014–15 season : NHK Trophy title[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. For the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix season, Gold was assigned the 2014 Skate America and the 2014 NHK Trophy. She won bronze at Skate America[29] and gold at NHK Trophy, the latter marking her first win at a Grand Prix event, and the first time an American woman won the event. She qualified for her first Grand Prix Final, but withdrew on December 4, 2014, due to a stress fracture in her left foot.[30]

Gold won silver at the 2015 U.S. Championships with a score of 205.54 after finishing second in both the short program and free skate. At the 2015 Four Continents Championships, Gold placed second in the short program with a score of 62.67 but fifth in the free skate with a score of 113.91, finishing fourth overall with a score of 176.58.

At the 2015 World Championships, Gold placed eighth place in the short program with a score of 60.73, her lowest score of the season. Gold came back in the free skate with a score of 128.23, which was her season's best and second highest free skate score of the ladies event. She finished fourth overall, her highest placement at a World Championship so far.

Gold competed on Team USA at the 2015 World Team Trophy. She placed first in the short program with a score of 71.26, the highest score ever recorded for an American woman in an ISU event. However, she placed fifth in the free skate. Overall, Team USA placed first.

2015–16 season: Second national title[edit]

Gold (left) on the podium at 2015 Skate America, with Evgenia Medvedeva (center) and Satoko Miyahara (right)

Gold's 2015–16 Grand Prix Series assignments were the 2015 Skate America and 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard. Gold won the silver medal at Skate America, behind Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva. She then continued her season placing first in the short program at Trophée Éric Bompard, with a score of 73.32. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled on November 14 due to the state of emergency in France following the November 2015 Paris attacks.[31] On November 23, the ISU announced that the short program standings would stand as final placements. This secured Gold her spot in the 2015 Grand Prix Final, where she placed 5th in both the short and free programs, ranking 5th overall.

On January 23, Gold earned her second National title at the 2016 U.S. Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[32] After regaining her national crown, she placed fifth at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.

Gold went on to competing at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, MA, where she placed first in the short program with a score of 76.43, the highest short program score ever recorded by an American woman.[33] Placing sixth in the free program, she dropped to fourth place overall. To finish her season, Gold competed at the inaugural 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup, where she would help Team North America win the gold medal.

2016–17 season: Personal struggles[edit]

Gold was assigned to two Grand Prix events, Skate America and Trophée de France. She began her season at the 2016 Japan Open. In the free skate, she earned a score of 108.24, and helped Team North America win the bronze medal. At 2016 Skate America, Gold placed third in the short program with a score of 64.87 behind American Ashley Wagner and Japan's Mai Mihara after a fall on her triple flip. She struggled in the free skate, suffering multiple falls, and dropped to 5th overall with a total score of 184.22. Gold cited "post worlds summer depression" as a reason for not being prepared, commenting that she had only recently "felt like herself again".[citation needed] Her struggles continued at the 2016 Tropheé de France; she scored a combined total of 165.89 for 8th place, the worst Grand Prix finish of her career.

In late December 2016, Gold resumed her collaboration with her former coach, Alex Ouriashev, training with him in Chicago before returning to Los Angeles, where she was coached by Frank Carroll.[34] She finished 6th at the 2017 U.S. Championships, and was left off the Four Continents and World Championship teams for the first time in her senior career; she had previously been on every world championship team starting in 2013. Carroll announced after the event that they would part company.[35] He didn't inform Gold before telling the media, causing major backlash on social media. However, Gold still stated that despite being surprised about Carroll's decision to tell the media before informing her, she maintained the "upmost respect for Frank" and would take the time to make the right decision on coaching arrangements heading into the Olympic season.

On February 8, 2017, Gold announced that she had joined Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein at the Arctic Edge ice rink in Canton, Michigan.[36]

2017–18 season[edit]

Gold withdrew from the Japan Open, set to be her season open, and also withdrew from the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy due to personal reasons.[37] Gold had been assigned to two Grand Prix events, 2017 Cup of China and 2017 Internationaux de France, both of which she withdrew from in October due to ongoing treatment for anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder.[38] Gold later withdrew from U.S. Nationals stating she would not have proper training beforehand.[39] At the end of the season, it was reported Gold was hired as a coach in Arizona.[40]

2018–19 season: Comeback[edit]

Following rumors that she would be returning to the sport, it was announced on June 28, 2018 that Gold was assigned to compete at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup.[5] She is coached by Vincent Restencourt in Pennsylvania.[5] Former figure skater Jeremy Abbott choreographed her short and long programs. It is said that Gold's new short program portrays a more playful and sexy character and her free program portrays her journey from her personal struggles to her comeback. [41] At the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, in the short program, she doubled her triple lutz-triple toe lop combination, under-rotated and fell on her triple flip, and popped her planned double Axel. She scored 37.51, the lowest short program score she has ever received since the start of her junior career, placing her in 10th and last place.[42] Gracie withdrew from the free skate in order to not damage her mental health and confidence because of her short program.[43] She later stated that she is now working towards 2019 US Nationals.

Skating technique[edit]

Gold is best known for her fast spins and strong jumps. She has executed multiple triple-triple jump combinations in international competition, including the 3Lz-3T, 3S-3T, 3F-3T , 3Lo+3T, 3T+3T, as well as the 2A-3T, 3F-2T, 3F+2T+2T, and the 2A-3T-2T combo. She has landed the 2A-1/2Lo-3F and the 2A-1/2Lo-3F-1/2Lo-3T in practice. She is currently trying to learn the triple axel, but is only in the stage where she is using a harness.

Endorsements[edit]

In October 2013, Gold was named as a face of CoverGirl. She appeared on the Cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine February 2014 Issue, GQ Japan and Teen Vogue. Later she was named the 2014 Sportswoman of the Year by the Los Angeles Council, and received an award that March during the L.A Sports ceremony. She's an ambassador for the KOSÉ Infinity beauty product.

Gold is sponsored by John Wilson (she is the brand ambassador), her Pattern-99 blade manufacturer, Edea, her skating boot manufacturer, Visa, United Airlines, Procter & Gamble, Redbull, and Nike.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
[3]
2017–2018
[44]

Not shown in competition

Not shown in competition

2016–2017
[8][45]

2015–2016
[2][48][49][50]
  • El Choclo
    performed by Cello Project
    choreo. by Lori Nichol

2014–2015
[4][15]
  • I Was Here
    by Beyoncé


2013–2014
[52][53]

2012–2013
[19][54]

2011–2012
[3][55]
  • The Show
    by Lenka

Competitive highlights[edit]

Gracie Gold at the 2014 Skate America podium
Gracie Gold at the 2013 Skate Canada podium
Gracie Gold at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup podium

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[56]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 4th
Worlds 6th 5th 4th 4th
Four Continents 6th 4th 5th
GP Final WD 5th
GP Cup of China WD
GP France 1st 8th WD
GP NHK Trophy 4th 1st
GP Rostelecom Cup 2nd WD
GP Skate America 3rd 2nd 5th
GP Skate Canada 7th 3rd
CS Golden Spin 6th
CS Nebelhorn 3rd
U.S. Classic 2nd 2nd
International: Junior[56]
Junior Worlds 2nd
JGP Estonia 1st
National[3]
U.S. Champ. 4th N 1st J 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 6th WD TBD
Midwestern 1st N 6th J 1st J
Upper Great Lakes 1st N 1st J WD
Team events
Olympics 3rd
World Team
Trophy
2nd T
5th P
1st T
3rd P
1st T
3rd P
Japan Open 2nd T
6th P
3rd T
6th P
WD
Team Challenge
Cup
1st T
4th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

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. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
November 16–18, 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 10
37.51
WD
WD
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Championships 5
64.85
9
114.77
6
179.62
December 8–11, 2016 2016 Golden Spin of Zagreb 8
54.04
5
104.98
6
159.02
November 11–13, 2016 2016 Trophée de France 10
54.87
8
111.02
8
165.89
October 21–23, 2016 2016 Skate America 3
64.87
5
119.35
5
184.22
October 1, 2016 2016 Japan Open - 6
108.24
3
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 22–24, 2016 2016 Team Challenge Cup 2T/3P
71.34
1T/4P
142.00
1T/4P
213.34
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 1
76.43
6
134.86
4
211.29
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 9
57.26
3
121.13
5
178.39
January 15–23, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships 2
62.50
1
147.96
1
210.46
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 Grand Prix Final 5
66.52
5
128.27
5
194.79
November 13–15, 2015 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard 1
73.32
C 1
73.32
October 23–25, 2015 2015 Skate America 2
65.39
1
137.41
2
202.80
October 3, 2015 2015 Japan Open 6
114.53
2
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 16–19, 2015 2015 World Team Trophy 1
71.26
5
124.29
1T/3P
195.55
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 8
60.73
2
128.23
4
188.96
February 9–15, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 2
62.67
5
113.91
4
176.58
January 18–25, 2015 2015 U.S. Championships 2
67.02
2
138.52
2
205.54
November 28–30, 2014 2014 NHK Trophy 1
68.16
1
123.00
1
191.16
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
2013–14 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 – Singles 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 International 1
69.45
3
117.20
3
186.65
September 11–15, 2013 2013 U.S. Classic 1
58.49
3
106.19
2
164.68
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 3
60.98
3
127.05
1T/3P
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 Championships 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

Junior results[edit]

2011–12 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. Championships Junior 1
60.21
1
118.71
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
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 9–13, 2010 2011 Midwestern Sectionals Junior 6
40.52
6
75.55
6
116.07
2009–10 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 9–13, 2010 2010 U.S. Championships Novice 6
4
4
123.61
  • ISU Personal bests highlighted in bold

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