Who is Gracie Gold?
Gracie Gold is a two-time national figure skating champion and a 2014 Olympian. She won a bronze medal in the team event for the U.S. and finished in fourth place individually. After a disappointing finish at the 2016 World Championships and a less-than-stellar 2016-17 season, she moved halfway across the country and changed coaches, looking to get back on her feet. She announced in November she would not compete at the 2018 U.S. Nationals or the Olympics.
Figure skating beginnings
Gold and her twin sister Carly were born outside of Boston, Mass. on August 17, 1995. Gold first tried skating at a friend’s birthday party in 2003, and afterward, signed up for group lessons. She progressed through the ranks, and placed fourth at the novice championship at nationals in 2010. She won the 2012 junior national title.
Major competitions/ medals
Gold won her first national title in 2014, earning a spot on the Olympic team. She won a team bronze medal and finished fourth individually. At the 2014 World Championships, she finished fifth.
The next season, Gold won a silver medal at nationals, behind friendly rival Ashley Wagner. She finished fourth at the Four Continents Championship and finished fourth at the world championships.
In 2016, Gold came from behind with a clean, personal-best free skate to win a second national title. Gold was fifth at the Four Continents Championships. At the 2016 World Championships in Boston, she beat Russian star Yevgenia Medvedeva in the short program. Gold could’ve held onto a bronze medal, behind Medvedeva and countrywoman Anna Pogorilaya, but Wagner stepped in for the silver. Medvedeva took the crown, Wagner grabbed the silver, Pogorilaya earned the bronze, and Gold was bumped to fourth.
During the 2016-17 season, Gold wouldn’t describe herself as depressed, but close to it. She posted some of the worst results of her career, and capped the season with a sixth place finish at nationals. She wasn’t named to the Four Continents team or the world championships team.
In her own words: In 2010, I qualified to compete at the National Championships in Spokane, Washington. It was the Olympic qualifier for figure skating for the Vancouver Games. I was only at the Novice level, but I got to watch the older girls compete and fight for an Olympic spot. It was incredible. I remember feeling like I wanted to and could be there in four years.
“I think I have a special connection to Gracie Gold. We both are the same age, from the Midwest, and came up in the sport at the same time. We've gone to many of the same competitions, performed in Stars on Ice, and competed at our first Olympics together.” – 2014 Olympic teammate Jason Brown
Gold made her Olympic debut at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, where she earned a bronze medal with Team USA in the inaugural team event. She did the free skate portion of the event. Individually, she finished in fourth place.
Outside the rink
Gold loves to bake, and says she’s “pretty good.” She’s usually put in charge of the dessert menu at family events during the holidays, and says that pecan pie is her favorite dessert to make. She also loves anything that’s a combination of chocolate and peanut butter!
Gold says her kitten, Sterling, is the “light of her life.”
One day, she jokes that she’ll have her own television show that features her skating friends and travel destinations. She promised 2014 Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White they could be her first guests!
Gold has a twin sister Carly, who competed at nationals for the first time in 2016, finishing 19th. She retired soon after and goes to school full-time.
Gold includes juggling as part of her pre-competition routine.
In September 2017, Gold announced she would withdraw from her fall Grand Prix assignments while she sought treatment for an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression. More on that here.