Gracie Gold Ladies Short Program Performance at 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America, Watch Her Performance Here (VIDEO)
American figure skater Gracie Gold performed at the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America event held at the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday afternoon (October 25) in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The 19-year-old Olympian showed off her new short program with teammates Mirai Nagasu and Samantha Cesarino.
Earning 60.81 points for her program, Gracie sat in 3rd place behind Russians Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Elena Radionova after her performance. Mirai scored 49.29 points for 10th place and Samantha placed 5th.
Team USA made history Saturday night with a gold and a silver in the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America ice dance competition. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani became the first American ice dance teams to go 1-2 in the history of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
"It felt like Christmas came early," Bates said. "I thought the crowd was awesome. We hadn't done a Skate America together before and some of our most memorable performances together have been at the U.S. Championships and this event felt like a U.S. Championships."
"I think a lot can happen between now and the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018 and it's sort of a marathon situation," Alex Shibutani said. "We've been aware of that throughout our career. It hasn't always been easy but we've definitely turned a page this offseason, as far as our confidence in our skating and definitely the direction that we're headed."
Grace Elizabeth Gold was the 2012 World Junior silver medalist, 2013 U.S. national silver medalist, and 2014 U.S. national champion. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Gold received a bronze medal in the team event and placed 4th in the ladies' single skating competition. Gold placed 5th at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.
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