American Olympian: Gracie Gold

Eighteen-year-old Gracie Gold has risen to the top of the figure skating world and is now a favorite to win gold at Sochi. Click through to see her Olympic journey.

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Gracie Gold of the United States waits for her score in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Gracie Gold of the United States competes in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Gold seemed nervous, and was hesitant in some of her jumps. But she finished with a score of 68.63, putting her in fourth place, in striking distance of a medal.
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Gold knew she could have done much better. After the number flashed on the overhead screen, she appeared disappointed. Afterwards, she admitted to allowing her nerves to get to her. "I had butterflies. My legs felt like jelly," Gold said afterward, according to NBC Olympics.
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Gracie Gold of the United States waits for her score in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Gracie Gold is one of the stars of the Team USA figure skating team. The 18-year-old has already performed well in the team event at Sochi Games. Click through to see more of Gold's olympic journey.
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On day two of the games, Gold delivered a solid technical routine in free skate, scoring a personal best 129.38.
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By the end of the ladies free skate, the U.S. had clinched the bronze medal.
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Gracie Gold of the United States competes in the women's team free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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Fresh off her big win at the U.S. National Championships, figure skater Gracie Gold has become the frontrunner to win a medal for the United States at Sochi. Along with Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds,Gold is representing the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. Click through to take a look at Gold's journey to the Olympic stage.
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Gracie Gold reacted joyfully after skating during the women's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. She earned first place and broke the record for highest ladies score. "I felt really well trained going into nationals," she said. Gold finished second last year.
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Gracie Gold celebrates as she learns her scores for the women's free skate with her coaches Scott Brown, left, and Frank Carroll, right, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Boston.
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Gold easily skated off the women's short program with a career-high of 72.12 points. Her sensational performance built on strong jumps, improved presentation and a rapport with the audience put her more than five points ahead of 15-year-old Polina Edmunds and nearly seven points ahead of a resurgent Mirai Nagasu.
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Gracie Gold does her media rounds after her win, appearing on NBC News' "Today" show to talk to Savannah Guthrie about the upcoming games. "I'm on top of the world" she told Guthrie, saying that she doesn't yet feel the pressure and that the full scope of her position might not hit her until the opening ceremonies.
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After her conversation with Savannah, Gracie skated on the rink at Rockefeller Center for the "Today" show.
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Gracie Gold stopped by "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Jan. 16, to talk about her training regimen, her twin sister and what countries give the best gifts after performances.
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Gracie fields questions from reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 in Boston. We plan on seeing much more of this media darling in the upcoming month.
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U.S. Olympic figure skater Gracie Gold juggled apples for an interview during the USOC Media Summit on September 30, 2013 in Park City, Utah. She said that she always juggles before she competes as a way to calm her down and keep her focused, describing it as a "secret talent."
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Gracie, her mother Denise and twin sister Carly - who is also a competitive figure skater - visited the Pandora store at Woodfield Mall on May 3, 2013 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Gracie became a Pandora Jewelry Ambassador last July.
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U.S. top Olympic woman skater Gracie Gold performs during the skating spectacular after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.
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Gracie Gold performed in a tuxedo-like number during the skating spectacular after the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.
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Gracie's success stems from previous seasons of hard work and competition. Here, she performs during the ladies short program of the NHK Trophy Figure Skating in Tokyo on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Gold described Japan as the country that gives the best gifts on "The Tonight Show"
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Gold skated during the ladies free program on day two at the ISU GP 2013 Skate Canada International on October 26, 2013 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. She ended up earning bronze at the event.
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Gracie smiled as she reacted to her score during the ladies short program on day one at the ISU GP 2013 Skate Canada International at Harbour Station on October 25, 2013.
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Gold competed in the short program during the US International Figure Skating Classic at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex on September 13, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Gracie signed autographs during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in London, Ontario. Gold has captivating stage presence, which can be seen in the reactions from her audience.
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Gracie Gold competed in the Ladies Short Program during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at CenturyLink Center on January 24, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska. She won the free skate and a silver medal at the event.
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Here, Gracie Gold skates in the Ladies Free Skating during ISU Rostelecom Cup of Figure Skating 2012 at the Megasport Sports Center on November 10, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. She took silver medal for the event.
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Figure skater Gracie Gold of the United States looks on as teammate Jeremy Abbott competes in the Figure Skating Men's Short Program during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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