Date of Birth August 17, 1995
Place of Birth Newton, MA
Residence Los Angeles area
Club Wagon Wheel FSC
Training Location: Toyota Sports Center
Coach Frank Carroll
Choreographer Lori Nichol
To the casual figure skating observer, it may seem like Gracie Gold burst on to the scene overnight with her silver medal-winning performance in the ladies division at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Quite to the contrary, Gracie has been working toward that goal since age seven.
That was the year that Gracie attended her best friend’s birthday party at a local-area ice skating rink. After watching some of the skaters jump and spin, she was hooked and signed up for figure skating lessons the next week. And, for Gracie, there was no looking back.
By 2008 Gracie was already winning awards. That year she took home the Annette Cramer Trophy for outstanding free skate by an intermediate competitor at the Broadmoor Open. At the same competition the following year, she was awarded the 2009 Jack Might Trophy for outstanding free skate by a novice competitor. Gracie was already making her mark in figure skating, and had no intention of slowing down.
In 2010, Gracie made the next step in her career, by qualifying for the U.S. Championships at the novice level. She finished fourth, winning a pewter medal, and set her sights on the junior level for the following year. In what Gracie calls the “most defining moment of her career”, she failed to qualify for nationals in 2011, and decided to take a step back and reevaluate.
She returned the following season with a newfound determination and had her sights set on redemption. And redemption is what she got.
In her first-ever Junior Grand Prix circuit performance, Gracie won gold in Estonia. She was on a roll, and followed up by winning the Midwestern sectional as a junior and qualifying for U.S. Championships, where she took home the junior title.
But Gracie wasn’t done yet! Following her gold-medal-winning performance at nationals, she was named to represent the U.S. at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus, where she took silver.
Gracie was then selected to compete at the 2012 World Team Trophy in Tokyo, Japan alongside such figure skating heavyweights as 2010 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. In this, her first senior-level competition, Gracie’s solid performance helped the U.S. team take home silver.
Gracie made her debut on the senior level Grand Prix circuit in the 2012-13 season, finishing seventh at Skate Canada. After winning silver at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, Gracie set her sights on the podium at the 2013 U.S. Championships. She achieved that goal, winning silver and, in doing so, earning a spot on both the 2013 World and Four Continents teams.
At the 2013 World Championships, Gracie finished a strong sixth place and set a new personal best score of 184.25 points. Gracie, along with teammate Ashley Wagner, helped secure three spots for the US women at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
At the 2013 World Team Trophy in Tokyo, Gracie set a personal and season best score total of 188.03 points, helping Team USA win the team gold.
In September 2013, Gracie announced that she will be training full-time with legendary coach Frank Carroll at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, CA.
Off the ice, Gracie enjoys spending time with her twin sister, Carly and their dog, Yoshi. An avid reader, Gracie is a fan of the Hunger Games series and The Help. She also knows how to juggle, and uses this skill as one of her pre-competition rituals.
Gracie has attracted corporate interest and is a spokesperson for Nike, Pandora (Jewelry), Visa, P&G, COVERGIRL, Smucker’s and Airweave.