Gracie Gold flies high into the air during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday night (February 22) in Sochi, Russia.
The 18-year-old figure skater, who placed fourth overall in the ladie’s competition, skated alongside medalists Adelina Sotnikova, Yuna Kim and Carolina Kostner as well as Canada’s Patrick Chan, who picked up the silver medal in the men’s and team competitions.
“Thanks for the memories Sochi! I’ve had the time of my life,” Gracie wrote on Twitter ahead of the closing ceremonies after the gala.
A few days before the gala, Patrick was spotted at McDonald’s Cheers to Sochi Kiosk in the Athlete Village to read good luck messages sent from fans.
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White take center ice for the last time during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Saturday night (February 22) in Sochi, Russia.
The Ice Dance champions posed with fellow gold medalists Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar (pairs), Adelina Sotnikova (ladies) and Yuzuru Hanyu (mens) after the show.
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“I wish I could tell every story… But as you can see I brought a banana to the hockey game so it’s obviously complicated… Loving every moment!!!” Charlie captioned on Instagram during the last days of the games, commemorating his experiences.
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Russia’s Adeline Sotnikova wraps herself in her country’s flag alongside Korea’s Yuna Kim and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, after winning the gold medal during the ladie’s free skate at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday night (February 20) in Sochi, Russia.
Adelina, 17, was passed over for the team event where Russia won gold with sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya — she ended up 5th, overall.
“I really wanted to participate in the team competition because I understood that we would win a medal because our team is so strong,” Adelina shared with press afterwards. “When I found out I was not in the team, I felt so sorry and I felt offended. I felt so cheated in a way. Anyway, I still had my goal to show this skating, the one that I did today. Maybe it is all for the best that I didn’t compete in the team competition and it was an advantage for me that it made me so mad to win the gold medal.”
Team USA’s Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds were strong on the ice, with only a few falls on jumps between them. They all ended up in the top ten — Gracie, 4th, Ashley, 7th and Polina, 9th.
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Queen of Figure Skating, Yuna Kim stuns the crowd silent up until the very end of her performance during the Figure Skating Ladies’ Short Program at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Wednesday night (February 19) in Sochi, Russia.
The reigning Olympic gold medalist, who hasn’t competed in a major competition for two years, came back and claimed the top spot ahead of Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova and Carolina Kostner of Italy, who are 2nd and 3rd.
Russia’s upcoming superstar Yulia Lipnitskaya placed 5th after a fall during her triple flip.
Japan’s Mao Asada, who claimed silver at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, currently sits in 16th place after she fell on her opening jump, a triple axel.
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