Gracie Gold, the 2014 U.S. champion and Olympic team event bronze medalist, has withdrawn from the 2014 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final due to a stress fracture in her left foot.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final,” Gold said.”I’m proud that I qualified for the event and I was so excited to visit Barcelona.
“The bigger picture is that I need to recover as quickly as possible. My ultimate goals for this year are to win another U.S. title and make the podium at Worlds. These are the factors that my team and I used to make this very difficult decision.”
Gold, who lives and trains in Southern California, will continue training appropriately with respect to her injury as she recovers.
She qualified for the Grand Prix Final after winning her first Grand Prix Series event, NHK Trophy, last week in Osaka, Japan. She also won bronze at 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America in October.
Team USA will have three other entries into the Grand Prix Final including Ashley Wagner and ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia and Alex Shibutani. The Grand Prix Final is set for Dec. 11-14 in Barcelona, Spain.