For those of you that don't know, at last seasons' sectionals, Gracie skated a disastrous skate in both programs and did not make it out of sectionals. She was held up in the SP due to the things she had done in practice and her previous national medal.
Despite having a triple - triple combination she didn't make it to nationals last season. However, she came back this season with a positive attitude, improved consistency, a straight head on her shoulders, and vastly improved components.
Would Gold have been as motivated to make these much needed improvements had she medaled last season? We may never know, but I think doing poorly last season was good for her. She was clearly motivated by the fact that she didn't perform to the best of her ability and is now one of the most highly touted ladies in the country! This goes to show you that in a skaters' career, one should not just sit there when they fall down; they should get back up even stronger than before and willing to prove doubters wrong...
PS hopefully Czisny follows in these footsteps