Ashley Wagner reacts with glee after nailing her free skate during the Ladie’s competition at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday night (January 24) in Greensboro, N.C.
The 23-year-old skater won the national title, beating Gracie Gold, who came in second, and Karen Chen, in third.
“This, of my three titles, this one tastes the sweetest,” Ashley shared after the competition with press. “This is the one that means the most to me, because this is the one that shows every single person that doubts me, every single person that says I’m too old, every single person that says I’m not capable of being a leading lady — this shows them that they need to shut their mouths and watch me skate.”
Polina Edmunds placed 4th and Mirai Nagasu slipped down to 10th.
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Gracie Gold wows the crowd once again during the Ladie’s Short Program at at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships held at Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday night (January 22) in Greensboro, N.C.
The 19-year-old Olympian came in second to Ashley Wagner with 67.02.
“It wasn’t the best short program that I have ever performed, but it was still a very strong performance,” Gracie shared.
She added, “However, it’s just the short program. I’m looking to come back strong.”
Can’t wait to see her free skate on Sunday!
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Congrats to Gracie Gold!
The 19-year-old figure skater has been named the 2014 Sportswoman of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council!
“So honored to be named the 2014 Sportswoman of the Year. Huge thank you to the LA Sports Council!” Gracie wrote on Twitter earlier in the month, just ahead of the 2015 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships this weekend.
Gracie will be honored at an award show later this March during the L.A. Sports Awards.
Congrats again Gracie! Can’t wait for this weekend’s competition!
Gracie Gold walks around Catalina Island, Calif., with Taylor Swift in these new shots from Instagram on Friday afternoon (January 9).
The 19-year-old Olympic figure skater and the 25-year-old singer met up with Lorde, Haim the band and actress Jaime King for the outing.
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“Day trip to Catalina Island?? @taylorswift @lordemusic @haimtheband @jaime_king,” Gracie captioned on the social network.
Taylor added, “Wandering around Catalina with my favorite people to wander around with. @lordemusic @graciegold95 @haimtheband @jaime_king.”
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Gracie Gold just shared a cute video with her fans of her showing off her spectacular jumps set to Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” on Instagram.
“Feels good to be back,” the 19-year-old Olympic figure skater captioned with the video.
Just weeks before, Gracie made the decision to withdraw from the Grand Prix finals in Barcelona, Spain which left Team USA one woman down.
“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,” Gracie had shared in a statement.
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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.