U.S. figure skating sweetheart Gracie Gold came one step closer to earning that last name after her stellar short program on Feb. 19 left her in medal contention.
Gracie Gold is not going to rest until she lives up to that oh-so-perfect last name. The 18-year-old figure skater placed fourth in the short program on Feb. 19, leaving her one step closer to Olympic glory.
Gracie Gold Places Fourth In Olympic Short Program
It’s going to be a nail-biter!
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The highly anticipated women’s figure skating final will begin at 10 a.m. EST on Feb. 20, with several rock-star contenders competing for the highly coveted gold. The short program on Feb. 19 ended in a virtual three-way tie, with South Korea’s defending champion Yuna Kim, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, and Italy’s Carolina Kostner all scoring within .8 points of each other.
Right behind them, of course, is America’s sweetheart Gracie Gold, who earned an impressive 68.63 with her short program. Gracie landed several key jumps that she thought might end in falls, giving her a real shot at the podium on Thursday. The top three are still six points above her, but crazier things have certainly happened!
Russia’s other sensation Julia Lipnitskaia came in fifth with a 65.23, with the U.S. duo of Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds coming in sixth and seventh respectively. So, to recap, even though we’re not currently in the top three, the U.S. has three figure skaters in serious contention for the gold medal on Feb. 20 — and that, my friends, is awesome.
What do you think of Gracie’s chances, HollywoodLifers? Does she have what it takes to usurp Yuna? Are you surprised that Julia was all the way back in fifth? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy