Sending all our get well wishes to Gracie Gold!
The 19-year-old figure skater, who just took gold at the NHK Trophy in Japan late last month, has had to withdraw from the upcoming Grand Prix finals due to an injury – a stress fracture in her left foot, US Figure Skating reports.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final,” Gracie shared in a statement. “I’m proud that I qualified for the event and I was so excited to visit Barcelona. The bigger picture is that I need to recover as quickly as possible. My ultimate goals for this year are to win another U.S. title and make the podium at Worlds. These are the factors that my team and I used to make this very difficult decision.”
Other Team USA members heading to Barcelona next weekend are Ashley Wagner and ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia and Alex Shibutani.
Gracie Gold leaps high in the air during the ending exhibition during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/2015 NHK Trophy at the Namihaya Dome on November 30, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. held at the Namihaya Dome on Sunday afternoon (November 30) in Osaka, Japan.
The 19-year-old figure skater won the gold medal at the competition, and qualified for the Grand Prix finals which happen next month in Barcelona, Spain.
“I’m excited to go to the GP Final in Barcelona,” Gracie told the press. “Although it’s a bit of a mixed blessing because it will be an extremely difficult competition with the four Russians and Ashley [Wagner] and I.”
Ashley and Gracie will go up against Russia’s Elena Radionova, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Anna Pogorilaya and Julia Lipnitskaia.
Gracie Gold is all smiles with her medal and trophy after winning the ladies title at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/2015 NHK Trophy held at the Namihaya Dome on Saturday night (November 29) in Osaka, Japan.
The 19-year-old figure skater took the gold medal with 191.16 points, ahead of Russia’s Alena Leonova (186.40) and Japan’s Satoko Miyahara (179.02).
“Of course I feel very happy to win my first Grand Prix and senior international, but I know I can do better and improve even upon this performance,” Gracie shared with press after the competition. “Of course this competition gives me confidence. I have acquired a lot of bronze medals over my career so far, so it’s nice to have a gold medal in the mix.”
Polina Edmunds and Christina Gao placed 8th and 9th. Jeremy Abbott, Ross Miner and Joshua Farris placed 5th, 7th and 11th in the men’s competition.
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Gracie Gold skates into a third place finish during the Ladie’s Free Skate during 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America held at the Sears Centre Arena on Sunday evening (October 26) in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The 18-year-old skater came in third place, taking the bronze medal, just after Russia’s Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. For both programs, Gracie earned a total of 179.38 points.
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Team mates Samantha Cesarino placed 4th with a total of 174.58 and Mirai Nagasu earned 158.21.
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Gracie Gold shows off her clean lines on the ice during the Ladies Short Program at the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America held at the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday afternoon (October 25) in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The 18-year-old Olympian showed off her new short program alongside teammates Mirai Nagasu and Samantha Cesarino.
Earning 60.81 points for her program, Gracie sits in 3rd place behind Russians Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Elena Radionova.
Mirai scored 49.29 points for 10th place and Samantha placed 5th.
Gracie Gold – Short Program – 2014 Skate America
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Gracie Gold and her sister Carly share a look before diving into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Instagram.
“Nominated by @scottdeanbrown and @iceskater1234567 for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge!!!! We nominate @lexisverhulst, @benoitduboscq, @timkoleto, and @charlieawhite! Donate here: www.alsa.org,” the 18-year-old skating twins captioned with their video.
Gracie nominated Charlie White and Tim Koleto and Carly nominated strength coach Benoit Duboscq and Lexis Verhulst.
Check out their video below and please donate to help fund research for a cure for ALS.
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Japanese skater Mao Asada dresses up in green as Princess Anna from Frozen, next to her older sister Mai as Queen Elsa during THE ICE 2014 held at the White Ring on Saturday night (July 19) in Nagano, Japan.
The 23- and 26-year-old skating siblings joined the rest of the cast including champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Jeremy Abbott, Gracie Gold, Patrick Chan, Kanako Murakami, Olympic Ladie’s champion Adelina Sotnikova and Alex and Maia Shibutani.
After the show, they all celebrated Maia‘s 20th birthday!
“Happy Birthday @MaiaShibutani!!!! You’re the best room mate a girl could ask for ???????? #notateenageranymore #big20 #loveyouroomie,” Gracie tweeted.
Brother Alex added, “Wishing a very happy and special 20th birthday to my incredible sister, @MaiaShibutani! #HappyBirthdayMaia. Maia is one of the most kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and sophisticated people I will meet in my lifetime. #HappyBirthdayMaia.”
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