American figure skater Gracie Gold was born August 17, 1995, in Newton, Massachusetts. After first learning to skate at the age of 2, Gold began training formally in second grade. By 2010 Gold was considered a rising star in the sport of figure skating. Two years later she took silver at the 2012 World Juniors and the 2012 Rostelecom Cup. Gold also won silver at the 2013 U.S. Nationals.
Gracie Gold was born August 17, 1995, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Both of her parents have backgrounds in medicine. Her father, Carl, is an anesthesiologist, while her mother, Denise, is a retired emergency-room nurse.
Gold got her first taste of skating at the age of 2, when her mother began carting the toddler and her fraternal twin sister, Carly, to nearby frozen marshes.
At the age of 5 Gold moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, and for the next several years she didn't lace up a pair of skates. She returned to the ice informally in the second grade, when she attended a friend's birthday party at a local rink and decided to venture out onto the ice.
"While I circled around and around in my brown rental skates, I studied a group of skaters spinning in the center," she later recalled. "I was fascinated! When my mom picked me up, I began a campaign for skating lessons."
Growing up Gold became an all-around athlete who also took up swimming, gymnastics and tennis.
With her sister Carly, also a competitive figure skater, Gold progressed rapidly. Eventually, the family moved to Chicago so that the two sisters could train with well-known figure skating coach Alexander Ouriashev.
By 2010, Gold was being hailed by figure skating fans as one of the country's brightest young stars. That year, while skating as a novice, she finished fourth at the U.S. Championships.
The following season, her first as a junior-level skater, proved disappointing when Gold failed to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Championships. But she returned the next year in full force and captured the 2012 U.S. junior title. In addition she took home the silver medal at the World Junior Figure Skating Championship and the Rostelecom Cup. She also helped steer the U.S. team to a second-place finish at the World Team Trophy competition.
At the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, Gold, who had moved up to the senior level at the start of the year, established a new personal-best score of 184.25 points to finish sixth overall.
2014 was a major year for Gold. In January she won the U.S. Championships held in Boston and weeks later came in fourth at the Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia.
Gold attends the University of Missouri High School, an online high school. She has said she'd like to eventually attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.
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