2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.
Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.
Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.
Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.
Eastern Sectionals ladies final top 4: Emily Zhang 197.88, Sarah Jung 182.43, Gracie Gold 173.45, Rena Ikenishi 169.38
Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.
Watch a rehearsal for the upcoming opening ceremony of the U.S Figure Skating Championships. The rehearsal took place at the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough, N.C. on November 17, 2019.
On Sunday, 47 young ice skaters took to the ice at the Orange County Sportsplex near Hillsborough to spend two hours spinning, jumping and spidering their way through a routine that will earn them three and a half minutes of fame at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Greensboro early next year.
The practice is one of six the skaters, age 7 to 18 and all from an area stretching from Durham to Greensboro, will go through to develop a synchronized routine that will blend with similar routines by other skating groups from the Raleigh and Charlotte areas. That combined 10-minute routine will be part of the opening ceremony for the championship, which runs Jan. 20-26; much of the competition will be broadcast nationwide on NBC.
“We’re just trying to showcase local talent, and it’s just really an honor for these kids to participate in something where they are kind of up close and personal to these elite athletes,” said Nicole Gaboury, a co-director of the Durham-Greensboro group. “It’s a fun way to start championship weekend, very celebratory, very fun, and probably the closest most of these kids are going to be on the same ice as skaters of this caliber.”
Sunday’s practice was the third, led by Jamye Gaster, the other co-director and coach of the Carolina Ice Synchro team based at the Sportsplex. Many of those skaters are taking part in the opening ceremony performance.
Gaster took center ice, leading larger groups of skaters, while Gaboury and others coached smaller groups off to the sides. One of the more difficult parts of the routine begins with two lines of seven skaters who pushed off from opposite sides of the rink to join at center ice. They each reached out a straight right arm to clasp a left shoulder, save for the two at the middle of the line, who hooked elbows.
Together, they skated backwards, forming a line that turned like a spoke forming the radius of a wheel, before three skaters each peeled off each end to spin and jump as they glided around the spoke. It all had to be timed to Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes.”
Officials from U.S. Figure Skating are in Greensboro preparing for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
It's the the third time in the last decade the event will take place in Greensboro, which is extremely unusual. Senior Director of Events for U.S. Figure Skating Bob Dunlop said it's been a success all around. He said the support from the local community is what makes the city stand out.
“It means the community knows about it. They're interested in it. They've shown that interest in the previous two events and it makes a real easy decision for U.S. Figure Skating and to award those championships back to a community for a third time within a ten year span,” said Dunlop.
Dunlop emphasized Greensboro has really embraced the sport and he said this type of environment is what makes the athletes want to come back too.
Gracie Gold is making a comeback. The Olympic medal-winning figure skater is set to participate in the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January. Gold has been hailed for her extraordinary ability on the ice and her Grace Kelly-esque looks.
But she opened up to Inside Edition about her decision to seek help after battling bulimia and body image issues. Gold entered treatment for depression and is now feeling great and ready to get back out there and compete.