“Had an amazing time at the NBC pre Olympic promo shoot!! @nbcolympics usolympic #roadtosochi,” Christina, 19, tweeted after a promo shoot in Los Angeles.
JJJ Fun Fact: Christina is also a full-time freshman at Harvard!
“Doing both [skating and school] complements each other,” Christina shared with USA Today. “My body may be tired, but I’m not mentally tired, because I love skating. I love going to school here. When you’re doing something you love, it’s not work.”
Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold show off their moves in the Ladies Free Skate during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held at Budweiser Gardens on Saturday night (March 16) in London, Ontario, Canada.
The 21- and 17-year-old skaters placed 5th and 6th, respectively, which earned Team USA three spots on the Olympic team.
“I always said my main goal coming into this Worlds was getting the three spots back,” Ashley recently shared.
She added, “Getting on top of the podium or on the podium would be icing on the cake. For us, what we accomplished, with this strong international field, is more than standing on top of that podium. It’s something we haven’t been able to do for, what, five seasons now?”
Gracie Gold leaps high in the air during the Ladie’s Short Program at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships held at Budweiser Gardens on Thursday afternoon (March 14) in London, Ontario, Canada.
The 17-year-old skater placed 9th overall afterwards while teammate Ashley Wagner took 5th.
“The U.S. ladies team is here to get that third spot back,” Ashley, 21, shared with press. “It’s almost a personal agenda. I was the person most directly affected last Olympics and I want that third spot back. We’ve been trying for too long to get it back.”
In order for the U.S. team to get those three spots, they need to finish with placements that total 13 or less. With Ashley‘s 5th, and Gracie‘s 9th, they’re well on their way!
Gracie added about her own performance, “The short program is harder for me than my long program but I do love it and know I can skate it really well so I’m glad that I showed the judges and the audience and everyone watching what I can do under pressure.”
Gracie Gold, Christina Gao and Agnes Zawadzki take over the ice at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Sunday (February 10) in Osaka, Japan.
The three Team USA Olympic hopefuls showed off their skills with a short skate on Saturday (February 9) and a free skate.
Christina, 18, placed fourth overall, just after Japan’s Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami. Gracie, 17, took the sixth place spot.
“It wasn’t a very good performance,” Gracie shared with press after her performance. “I have a lot of time to prepare for worlds and think I will give a much better performance at worlds. I was nervous for my skate and was shaky on my practices. I wasn’t at the top of my game.”
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Gracie Gold leans in to coach Alex Ouriashev after hearing her score during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at CenturyLink Center on Saturday night (January 26) in Omaha, Neb.
The 17-year-old skating sensation placed an overall second at the competition with a total of 186.84 points, just two points shy of the title which went to reigning champ Ashley Wagner.
“Bawling my eyes out…seriously @GraceEGold I’ve never been more proud of you in my life!!!!! I knew you could do it!!!!! #omaha13″ Gracie‘s twin sis, Carly, tweeted after the program.
“This is my first U.S. Championships and it was horrifying at the beginning. But now it’s been amazing,” Gracie told to press (via Anchorage Daily News). “I’m so proud of myself that I was able to come back after that very, very rough short program and to put out that long program that’s the best I’ve ever done.”