Teenage figure skater Gracie Gold won her first U.S. Figure Skating Championship on Saturday night, after a near flawless performance on the ice. While she certainly has the name that seems suited for the Olympics, many believe that the 18 year old could live up to her last name in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
NBC Olympic analyst and former U.S. figure skater Scott Hamilton was talking with Matt Lauer on the TODAY show, when he said that Gold may have a real shot to stand at the top of the podium next month in Russia.
“Realistically, I think she has a chance for a medal,’’ Hamilton said.
“We are going to be in Russia against a couple of strong Russian skaters, but she’s got everything. She’s got the triple-triple combination, [and] she’s got great presence on the ice. The new coaching relationship she has with Frank Carroll has given her another level of maturity, so she’s doing everything right to put herself in position to medal at Sochi.”
Last year, Gold finished second place in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her obvious strides forward have momentum in her corner heading in to the Winter Games.
If she can continue to roll and put her grace on display in front of the judges next month, she could be one of the favorites to add a top medal to the United States medal count.