13 Predictions for 2013: Gracie Gold finds big success (and sponsors)

Gracie Gold competing at Skate Canada International

By Kitty Xie

Prediction № 2: Though she had a roller-coaster of a Grand Prix season, Gracie Gold now has her eyes on her biggest test yet— two clean programs at U.S. Nationals, which will be held at the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska next week.

Just eight months after her senior international debut, seventeen-year-old Gracie Gold is already expected to secure a spot for the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario.

Known for her technical flawlessness and level-headed attack, Gold stunned skating federations and fans when she concluded her final junior season with three medals from three major competitions: two gold and one silver.

She got off on the wrong skate at 2012 Skate Canada International, placing seventh, but redeemed herself with a silver medal at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup two weeks later. In December, she appeared in the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular and, in early January, was invited to New York to skate before an adoring crowd for The Today Show.

The 2013 US Championships, scheduled for January 20th – 26th in Omaha, Nebraska, will be Gold’s first competition since November. With less than three weeks to go, Gold and reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner are the heavy favorites to finish 1-2 and present a strong American front at the World Championships.

Gold can also hope to emulate Wagner in other ways—following the latter’s breakthrough success in 2012, she received a sponsorship from Nike and an offer to endorse Pandora Jewelry. Athletic and fashion corporations, which are constantly seeking fresh-faced talents to sport their products, already have an embarrassment of riches in regards to Gold’s marketable name, appeal, and penchant for performing.

Now all she needs is a strong showing at Nationals to, as they say, break the ice.

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