United States figure skater Gracie Gold appears poised to be one of the top stars for the U.S. in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. After winning the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Gold was named to the United States women’s figure skating team, so she will finally get her opportunity to live out her dream on the biggest stage.
“It’s kind of everything that I dreamed of,” Gold said, via USA Today. “It’s almost too good to be true.”
The 18-year-old Gold, who has a name that was meant for stardom, was the seventh-most-searched term in the United States, according to Google Trends. She was only topped by Hollywood stars and those who stood out at the Golden Globe Awards.
With the nation preparing to get behind her for her gold medal run, Gold is gaining more confidence and believes that she will be able to medal when she takes the ice in Sochi.
“The closer we get to Sochi, the more and more I want to be going for a medal. I think it’s a realistic goal, and we’ll see what happens,” she said.
Many other analysts, including NBC’s Scott Hamilton, believe that Gold will have a real shot of topping the podium in the Winter Games if she can continue her momentum into the Olympics, so we will just have to wait and see if she can live up to her namesake.