Gracie Gold has nothing but fond memories of competing in Boston at TD Garden. She won her first national title there in 2014 and qualified for the Olympic Team. That experience became the best thing to ever happen to her in the city of Boston. Gracie will return to TD Garden for the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships at the end of March where she hopes to have yet another remarkable moment.
“I love the fact that we’re going back to Boston, I have great memories obviously both personal and for skating.” Gold said during a media call on March 17. “I feel so ready I wish it was this weekend actually.” At this point Gracie is more excited than nervous and even though she wishes the event was sooner she is also grateful for another week of training.
Gracie Gold was ecstatic about winning her second national title in January as it was her primary goal for the season, but admits that she has struggled putting two clean programs back-to-back. Gracie realizes that this season specifically, she has had difficultly performing a clean short program. Gold was in ninth at the Four Continents Championships only a few weeks ago following her short, but was able to pull up to finish in fifth place at an event she was expected to win.
“I came back from Four Continents and never been really more upset at myself,” Gold said. “As soon as I came back I was so hungry for a medal at Worlds. I’m so motivated. I’ve been in the rink every day since we’ve been back from Taipei and we still have another week of training and it’s really paid off. I feel like I’m skating the best I have all season and I really want to have the best skates that I’ve had all season at Worlds.” Gracie doesn’t feel that her performance at Four Continents shook her confidence at all though she admitted that she had a lot of mixed opinions about competing at the event so soon after Nationals and right before Worlds. “Every year that I don’t skate well at it [Four Continents] it makes me want to go the next year and so right now I feel like going next year just to try and re-do it even though it hasn’t been in history, my best competition.”
With Four Continents in the rearview, Gracie fixes her gaze on the World Championships set to take place on March 30, 2016. It has been over 10 years since a U.S. woman has landed on the podium at the World Championships, but with the event being on home ice, many are hopeful that the drought will come to an end. “If I can just focus on myself, I think that a World medal is in my grasp and I can take it,” Gold said.
Gracie Gold is certainly hungry to be on the podium and has trained very hard for this event, but as we have seen with Gracie this season it will all come down to her ability to deliver when it counts the most and the pressure is on. “I’m confident that I’m going to skate two really amazing programs at Worlds,” Gracie said. “I will say though that I will be disappointed if Boston doesn’t go the way that I hope, which would be a medal or first place, but really what I can control and what I have to think about before the competition is just doing my program. Everything else is out of my hands.”