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 ❤️