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Gracie Gold Withdraws From 2018 Olympic Team Consideration

Gracie Gold Withdraws From 2018 Olympic Team Consideration

Gracie Gold announced a heartbreaking decision this afternoon, revealing that she will not be considered for the 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Team.

“It breaks my heart to withdraw from the 2018 U.S. championships,” she shared in a statement. “I am still undergoing treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. I have not had adequate training time in order to perform at the level at which I want to.”

Gracie continues, “It pains me to not compete in this Olympic season, but I know it’s for the best. I wish everyone the best of luck and will be cheering you all on. I want to thank everyone for the ongoing love and support. It means the world to me.”

Gracie withdrew from the upcoming Grand Prix competitions earlier this year as she entered treatment.

Olympian Gracie Gold Opens Up About Treatment For Eating Disorder & Anxiety

Olympian Gracie Gold Opens Up About Treatment For Eating Disorder & Anxiety

Olympian Gracie Gold is taking some more time off from figure skating.

After explaining she was seeking professional help earlier this year, the Olympic bronze medalist is now opening up about her treatment for an eating disorder, anxiety and depression.

As Gracie is still in treatment, she says she will not be competing in the upcoming Grand Prix Series as she originally planned.

“It saddens me deeply to sit out this Grand Prix Series, but I know it is for the best. I will not have adequate training time to prepare and compete at the level that I want to,” Gracie told People.

She added, “I would like to thank U.S. Figure Skating, my fans and my sponsors for their ongoing support. I also want to thank [coaches] Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein for standing beside me through this journey and most of all my family for their unconditional love.”

Our thoughts are still with Gracie as gets the help she needs!

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Taking Time Off To Seek 'Professional Help'

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Taking Time Off To Seek 'Professional Help'

Gracie Gold is taking a step back from the ice.

The Olympic bronze medalist announced this week that she’ll be taking some time off to seek professional help, according to USA Today.

“My passion for skating and training remains strong,” Gracie shared in a statement. “However, after recent struggles on and off the ice, I realize I need to seek some professional help and will be taking some time off while preparing for my Grand Prix assignments.”

She adds, “This time will help me become a stronger person, which I believe will be reflected in my skating performances as well.”

Gracie will be competing in two Grand Prix competitions in November, leading up to the 2018 U.S. Olympic figure skating trials in January. There are three spots open for women on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team.

The news comes just shortly after Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya announced her retirement.

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Left Off World Team Roster; Thinks She Should Be On It

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Left Off World Team Roster; Thinks She Should Be On It

We won’t be seeing Gracie Gold‘s face in any of the world figure skating competitions this season.

After placing 6th at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend, Gracie has been picked as the 2nd alternate on both the Worlds and Four Continents teams, behind 4th place finisher Mirai Nagasu.

New ladies’ champ Karen Chen, Ashley Wagner and Mariah Bell will rep the US at both competitions.

“Obviously I had a very terrible long program and I didn’t place very well and I got a low score,” Gracie said after her long program.

“It’s just something about this year, I’ve been in a funk. I’m glad this is not the Olympic year.”

However, she still thinks she should be on the world team roster.

“Even though today’s skating was subpar, there’s not a doubt in my mind that this has been a rough season, but that I’m still pretty much one of the best skaters in the United States and in the world. … All I know is that, given the opportunity, I wouldn’t let them down and I think that I would be a very wise pick for the world team.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Should Gracie be on the world teams?

JJJ Update: Gracie has just split with her longtime coach, Frank Carroll. He was also the coach for Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Mirai Nagasu and currently coaches 2014 Mens’ Bronze Medalist Denis Ten.

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VIDEO: Karen Chen Crowned Ladies Champ at US Figure Skating Nationals 2017

VIDEO: Karen Chen Crowned Ladies Champ at US Figure Skating Nationals 2017

Karen Chen is the new ladies national champion!

The 17-year-old figure skater reigned at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Miss., last night (January 21) for the long program, beating out favorites Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu.

“I’m just in complete shock,” Karen shared after her amazing win. “All of this just came together for me. It was a rough season. I spent the first couple months working out my boot problems and working with a new boot company trying to work out all the kinks. I’m happy with the progress and hope to keep getting better.”

She adds, “I think it’s very exciting. It was definitely one of my goals and this is what I wanted to do when I came here. I’m just so thrilled with how everything went.”

Mariah Bell, who finished 3rd, and Gracie Gold, who finished 6th, are also pictured below.


Karen Chen FP ? US Nationals 2017

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