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Gracie Gold: Is She Too Heavy to Figure Skate?

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Gracie Gold of USA competes in the ladies short program at 2016 Progressive Skate America on Oct. 21, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 24 Oct 2016 10:59 AM

Gracie Gold’s comments following her performance at Skate America over the weekend, when she called herself "overweight," have some wondering whether she’s too heavy to figure skate.

The once distinguished skater had two shaky performances at Skate America, falling twice and dropping to fifth place in the overall competition, which was 12 points behind the winner, Ashley Wagner — Gold’s rival, according to USA Today.

The young two-time U.S. national champion spoke after her performance, opening up about the pressure she’s under, which was a red flag for some.

“We just need to adjust my physical shape and mental shape to see if the program can be salvaged for the rest of the year,” she said, according to icenetwork.com.

Gold got a little more specific when asked about her stamina and lack of preparation.

“You don’t often see — there aren’t that many — you just don’t see overweight figure skaters for a reason. It’s just something I’ve struggled with this whole year and in previous seasons. It’s just difficult when you’re trying to do the difficult triple jumps. It’s something that I am addressing but it’s obviously not where it should be for this caliber of competition.”

It was Gold’s reference to being “overweight” that sparked an immediate reaction from a journalist who denounced the comment, telling Gold that she’s not overweight, but slim.

Gold kindly disagreed though.

“Oh, that’s lovely, thank you,” she replied, according to USA Today. “It’s just not what’s required for this sport. It’s a lean body sport and it’s just not what I have currently, but thank you.”

USA Today writer Chirstine Brennan described Gold's comments as alarming and jarring.

Gold’s disappointing performances on Friday and Saturday led to her lowest Grand Prix finish since her debut at Skate Canada in 2012, NBC noted.

Fortunately for her though, she’ll have an opportunity to redeem herself and get things back on track in just three weeks from now at Trophee de France in Paris, which is a competition Gold was victorious in last season, NBC noted.

Gold responded on Instagram to concern expressed by fans and friends, saying her comments were "spoken in the heat of emotion."

 

To all my fans and friends. Thank you for the concern you have voiced. My comments in the mixed zone were spoken in the heat of emotion. To clarify, I feel that my results this far in the season are a result of my decision to live a more "normal life" this past summer. I traveled and really took time off from being an elite athlete. For a figure skater, there is an ideal body weight for top performance. It's different for each athlete. That doesn't mean scary skinny, but rather a lean, wiry composition. I realize that I am at a healthy weight and I am rapidly regaining the strength and tone I desire. I just started back a little later than I needed to for peak fitness in October. In reading Christine Brennan's story I realize that I came across pretty negatively. In fact, rather than being unhappy with my programs, I think they are the best I've ever had! I remain committed to my sport and quest for World and Olympic success.

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