Gracie is so lovely
she is a lock for silver at Junior Worlds, imo
Nice way to jinx Gracie. In skating their is no such thing as a "lock".
Gracie herself says she views Jr worlds as a learning experience, and plans to skate sr. Nationals next year, and hopes to finish top 6 there.
I don't think those goals are unrealistic.
^ Sounds doable to me.
Here's a phone interview/narration by Gracie Gold before Junior Worlds in which talks about her goals next week in Minsk and next season (includes a montage of still photos): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caPHivHyuXE
(Note: The high school video producer may very well be the same Hannah Merrill who was once a fellow competitive skater in the Springfield FSC in Illinois, Gracie's former club)
Last edited by Sylvia; 02-25-2012 at 07:11 PM.
Will Gracie skate at Senior GP series next season?
^^^ We don't know yet.
how would you study opthamology at stanford as an undergrad? is that even possible?her college plans were to attend Stanford University to study ophthalmology
wouldn't she just be premed?
and it's one thing to major in engineering or another hard science at stanford while skating (like rachael) but to do so and expect to be an ELITE competitor? she'd have to win oly gold while only doing part time at stanford or something and then truly focus on school afterwards
Last edited by iarispiralllyof; 02-25-2012 at 10:15 PM.
I wouldn't over-analyze what Gracie said to a local reporter when she was 14 about what she might do in college (or hold her to it).
What kind of score or placement does Gracie need at the Junior Worlds to be able to compete at senior GP next season?
Also, I'm just wondering whether she wants to keep competing at the junior level but do senior nationals? or is she moving up to senior level nationally and internationally completely?
"Qualifying Skaters are entered in the individual events either by being seeded or by invitation. The seeding of top skaters at Grand Prix events basically takes into account their placement from the previous World Championships, as well as their ISU international ranking. Skaters who are not seeded can be invited by the hosting country and each country can invite up to three of their own skaters for each discipline. This is to give a balanced field throughout the series, as well as allowing the hosting country a chance to showcase their top competitors."
Usually a top 24 ISU Season Best total score will guarantee 1 Grand Prix invitation IF a skater/team elects to compete senior internationally. Gracie Gold is currently #11 on the SB list (with a chance to improve on this score at Junior Worlds). It will be her and her team's decision whether or not to compete as a senior internationally next season.
Thank you Sylvia and sk9tingfan for answering I guess then based on the top 24 rule, it's most likely that Gracie will get one senior GP next season if she chooses to compete.
I asked because I thought Gracie would have probably mentioned somewhere before whether she's doing senior or junior GP next season, but probably not.
I'm guessing Gracie and her team are waiting for JW to make a decision -- if she doesn't medal, then it would make sense to do JGP next year.
If she is shooting for Sochi 2014 I'd make the argument that she should go senior next year no matter what the JW result...