Figure skating fans who attended a September event at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex can say they watched the skater who stands fourth in the Olympic ladies event, entering today's long program.
They certainly didn't see Gracie Gold at her best, though.
Gold was in the process of switching coaches, and struggled in the long program. She finished second overall to U.S. skater Courtney Hicks (who's not in the Olympics) and ranked third in the long program. That day, Gold cited nervousness related to the start of "such a big season."
Two weeks later, at the Team USA Media Summit in Park City, she spoke of "sort of a difficult time" in Salt Lake City.
But she already was feeling better about herself, having relocated to southern California to work with legendary coach Frank Carroll. In five months, Carroll has overhauled Gold's program and created another potential medalist.
- Kurt Kragthorpe&n
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