7 On Your Sideline: Gracie Gold goes for gold

February 12, 2012 9:12:37 PM PST
It's safe to say that not many people have ever heard of figure skater Gracie Gold. The Springfield native failed to qualify for junior nationals last season.

Fast forward to today and the 16-year-old is considered to be the best chance for the U.S. to win a gold medal in the 2014 Olympics.

"That's what people are saying," Gold said. "I think it could be. It looks good so far. It's always been a dream of mine. It's every skaters dream to go to the Olympics. It would be really, really amazing if I could go. Being an Olympian would just be outstanding.

"I always dreamed of...oh my gosh, it would be so cool if I could go to the Olympics and world's and everything, I always dreamed of that. But I never knew that it was actually going to happen."

Gold said family has been the key ingredient to her success, nurturing her skating when she first got the bug eight years ago.

"My family is my biggest support system, they really helped me through," Gold said. "I wouldn't be here today without my family. My twin sister, Carlie, skates with me so she can help motivate me on the ice. And it's fun skating with someone you're so close to.

"My mom has all the logistics worked out with the schedule and the driving, and the coaches and everything. And my dad's always been really supportive of everything and he works to help us get here. So without my family, I wouldn't be here."

Her mother, Denise Gold, monitors her progress and marvels at the commitment her daughter has for skating.

"You keep checking to see, 'is this what you want to do?' And then the life kind of declared itself," Denise Gold said. "I think it's good to work towards a goal and to have a passion. I think I'll support that as long as they want to continue and as long as they can."