Gracie goes for Gold

By Dana Greene

Published 11/05 2013 08:02PM

Updated 11/12 2013 05:02PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - There is a very strong tradition of U.S. Olympic women's figure skaters. The United States has produced seven gold medalists, and four months from now in Sochi, Gracie Gold hopes to live up to her name.

But if you think you've come up with something clever about her name, don't bother because Gracie has heard them all. 

"Like Gold gets gold," she said. "Gracie goes for Gold. The worst one was probably fall from Grace when they used the first name."

Gracie hasn't fallen lately. She won the silver medal at the U.S. Nationals and finished 6th at the world. With her talent and personality, Gold could be one of the faces of the entire American team. 

"It would be my ultimate dream," Gold said. "It would be so exciting not just to go to the Olympics, but to be one of the faces and compete in a sport that's iconic such as women's figure skating."

Gold is becoming an international skating star, and that's something she's just coming to terms with.

"I walked into a rink and a couple little skaters were like, 'that's Gracie Gold.' I thought, oh, stop. You really have to turn the pressure and anxiety into excitement and fuel just to motivate you every day."

So how does Gracie stay so relaxed before competitions? Well, she juggles of course.

"It started with a gym teacher in elementary school and she had read some articles about eye-hand coordination," she said. "You were the cool kids if you got in early to do the juggling. In my school, juggling was cool."

Now Gracie hopes to go from cool to gold to become a part of American Olympic history. 

"The U.S. women's has such a rich history, like Peggy Flemming, Kristi Yamaguchi, Sarah Hughes, Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, just so many names that you can throw out."

Gracie Gold may be the next.

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