18-year old Gracie Gold won in the US Figure Skating Championships on January 12. She finished with 211.69 points. 15-year old Polina Edmunds got the second place with a score of 193.63 followed by Mirai Nagasu with a 190.74 score.
Ashley Wagner, a two time defending champion, ended in the fourth place after she failed on a triple loop and failed to cleanly land two other triple jumps. She was the fifth at the World?s Championship and won the bronze medal at the Grans Prix Final. She was America?s best chance for a medal if only her program did not fall apart in this recent competition.
Gold was only second to Wagner in 2013, but she proved herself worthy of her name in this year?s competition. She did not disappoint her supporters when she delivered an excellent performance that will certainly make her the favorite in the Sochi Olympics. Her program, which has equal parts of technique and artistry, served her well. She was poised all throughout her performance and she was precise in her movements. Her jumps were higher and her movements were faster compared to other competitors.
Gold has won many awards in the past. In the 2010 US Championships, Gold was fourth on the novice level. She competed in the junior level of the following season but finished sixth and failed to qualify for the national championship. She continued training to enhance her technical content. She made her international debut at the Junior Grand Prix in Estonia, which qualified her for the 2012 US Championships on the junior level where she won a gold medal. In 2012, she was named in the US team to the 2012 World Team Trophy.? In the 2013?14 ISU Grand Prix series, Gold competed at the 2013 Skate Canada, placing first in the short program. At the 2014 US Championships, she placed first in the short program with 72.12 points, the highest-ever ladies’ score earned at the US Championships since the implementation of the new judging system.
In her latest feat last January 12, she was given a standing ovation. She has to wait until Sunday to find out if she is going to the Olympics. But those who watched her performed already know that she will sure be going. Still to be determined by the US figure skating officials is who will join Gold in the Sochi Olympics.