Newly crowned U.S. Figure Skating Champion, Gracie Gold, is off to Sochi as she prepares to compete at the Olympic Games.
“It seems unreal,” she said on a teleconference on Friday, January 24. Gracie Gold has undergone some major changes this season. She started out in September at the U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake where she had a shaky performance and landed in second place.
Taking a huge risk, Gold changed coaches, moved to California to work with Frank Carroll, ditched her short program right before nationals, changed her costumes, went to work on her physical and mental training and came out a transformed Gracie.
When asked what she has learned about herself through this process, Gracie said, “I think that I’ve learned that not everything has to go perfectly, or has to be going really well for me to skate well, and that I’m a little bit of a better of skater than I thought and I should just really trust myself more often...”
This new found confidence and working with Frank Carroll has brought about a more complete and confident skater as she learned to quiet her nerves and how to harness her focus.
Gracie’s mantra is “do what I do,” which for her is all about reminding herself to do what she simply does every day at practice. When it comes to the Olympics, Gracie is hoping that her mantra will pay off as she believes that she has a chance of meddling, not only in the team event, but also in the individual event.
Gold’s focus has now turned to her artistry as she is working to become warmer on the ice and connect with the audience. “I’m really developing that artistry side,” Gracie expressed, “So I think thats something to look forward to. The new Gracie Gold at the Olympics.”
Only 18-years-old, this young girl is ready to experience and enjoy her first Olympic Games. Though she will be completely immersed in the Olympic Games, she is also looking forward to a meat lovers pizza when her training is complete this season, where as unlike many her age, she cannot even remember the last time she ate a slice of pizza.
That’s an athlete for you. They live very different lives and sacrifice things that most take for granted, all so that she can ‘do what she does’ in front of the whole world.