- Figure Skating
Behind the scenes: 'Grace gets gold'
Walk Gracie Gold into a room wearing flat tennis shoes and the newly-minted U.S. champion looks every bit like a tiny teenager.
But Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston the 18-year-old soared about the crowd and the competition, launching herself to the Sochi Olympics with a national title and a medal to match her name.
“It was a dream come true,” she told reporters after her skate. “I just went out there and skated how I trained and I just went out there and did what I could.”
If she could, though, Gold says she’d like to fly. She’s planning a sky-diving excursion with her twin sister Carly following the Olympic season.
It was on the ice where she did most of her soaring in what was the most important competition of her life. Gold skated last as the leader after the short program, her nails painted a confident red as her legendary coach Frank Carroll watched from the boards.
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The teenager, skating to “Sleeping Beauty,” couldn’t quite contain herself after she landed a second triple Axel near the end of her four-minute free skate, inadvertently pumping her fists as she continued skating and breaking into a beaming smile.
As Gracie received her scores – a near 20-point margin ahead of the second-place finisher Polina Edmunds – she broke into more fist pumps, standing and waving to a raucous applause from an admiring Boston crowd. It was then that she did a TV interview, was whisked backstage and greeted by well-wishers as she made her way to media.
What would Graice write on a night that was golden for her?
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“You know it’s pretty hard to come up with a headline, but maybe something to do with gold?” She joked to reporters. “I don’t know – maybe this would be the time to use it.”
“I mean, it’s kind of cliché, but I love ‘Grace gets gold,’” she ventured, bringing satisfied laughs from the writers in the room.
Yet she posed for photos a few minutes later, standing high above reporters – and seemingly her competitors – on a night that was solely hers.
“It’s kind of everything I dreamed of leading into these Nationals with this around my neck,” Gold concluded. “It’s almost too good to be true, but it happened.”
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