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Olympian Gracie Gold visits Crystal Lake ice rink

October 28, 2014

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — While she was in town for the Skate America competition, Olympian Gracie Gold paid a visit to her former figure skating club in the Chicago suburbs.

The bronze medalist, formerly of Springfield, spent time with members of the Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club on Monday at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake. She watched the skaters go through moves, took photos and answered questions. Gold, 19, also provided tips on how skaters can prepare for competitions and stressed the importance of jumps and spins, the Northwest Herald (http://bit.ly/1pUV8XN ) reported.

“I start by saying, only 40 percent of the time do you compete really in the zone because it’s so hard to get into that perfect mindset where you’re just one with the ice,” she said. “It’s all about just remembering your training because hopefully before an event, you’ve trained really hard.”

During her visit, Gold received the Janet Lynn Award, named after the five time U.S. national champion who won bronze at the 1972 Olympics. The award recognizes members of the skating club for competitive excellence.

“It’s really nice actually (to be back),” Gold said. “Everybody’s been really supportive, and I know Chicago hasn’t had a big sporting event in a while. It was a really big turnout for Skate America.”

The Skate America competition, which kicks off a series of six international figure skating competitions, was held at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Gold finished third in the women’s competition on Sunday, behind two-time world junior champion Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, both of Russia.

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Information from: The Northwest Herald, http://www.nwherald.com

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