Gracie Gold Fails To Medal In Women's Figure Skating, Comes In Fourth Behind Upset Winner Adelina Sotnikova
Team USA's Gracie Gold delivered solid performances in short program and free skate, but failed to medal in Women’s Figure Skating, coming in fourth.
Gold, 18, is the Team USA darling, and she pulled off a heroic performance during her short program, salvaging two potentially catastrophic landings.
“I just wanted to skate like I belong on the podium. It’s a point game. So looking at points, a 68 is not just respectable, it’s a really good short score,” Gold later said of her strategy.
Gold said her shaky jumps resulted from her nerves, which cost her a top ranking after the short program. However, Gold placed fourth with a score of 68.63, 5.49 points away from third place and still had a chance at a medal going into Thursday's free skate.
Win or lose, Gold seems happy just to be in the competition. Following her short program, Gold tweeted her excitement at competing in her first Olympics to her fans.
I can't believe I just competed at the Olympics!!!!! It was a dream come true ❤️🇺🇸⭐️ #Sochi2014— Gracie Gold (@GraceEGold) February 19, 2014
Despite a strong performance in the free skate, Gold was unable to move up in rank and ended up forth overall with a cumulative score of 205.53, more than 10 points behind bronze winner Carolina Kostner of Italy.
However, in a surprising twist, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, 17, took home the gold with an astonishing score of 224.59, pulling ahead of reigning champion Yuna Kim, 23, who took home the silver with 219.11.
Gold also has nothing but nice things to say about her competitors. In fact, she recently got to meet returning champion Kim (from South Korea), and posted a photo on Instagram, writing, “I finally got a picture with Yuna!!!!! #fangirling.”
Figure skating sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya also failed to medal, placing fifth just behind Gold with a score of 200.57.
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