Gracie Gold

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 19:  Gracie Gold competes in the Championship Ladies Short Program during the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Sprint Center on January 19, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Gracie Gold chooses new coaches

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Gracie Gold has switched to train under Michigan-based coaches Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein, she told NBC Olympics’ Julia Fincher on Wednesday.

“I just started training,” Gold said in a live chat on NBC Olympics’ Facebook. “I’ve known Oleg for a long time, and Marina Zoueva choreographed my 2014 Olympic free skate.”

Gold, a two-time U.S. champion who finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics, split with coach Frank Carroll after a disastrous sixth-place finish at the U.S. Championships last month.

Gold previously worked in Canton, Mich., with Zoueva in between her last coaching switch from Alex Ouriahsev in the Chicago area to Carroll in Los Angeles in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Zoueva and Epstein coached the last two Olympic ice dance champions, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

They have also worked with singles skaters, notably three-time world champion Patrick Chan and U.S. champion Nathan Chen this season.

Gold was not selected for the three-woman U.S. team for the world championships after nationals, missing the worlds team for the first time in her five-year senior career.

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Gracie Gold splits with coach Frank Carroll

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KANSAS CITY — Gracie Gold is splitting with coach Frank Carroll.

The news comes a day after Gold finished a career-low sixth at the U.S. Championships and missed the world championships team.

Icenetwork.com confirmed the news, quoting Carroll. It’s unknown who Gold’s next coach will be, but she’s expected to move back to the Chicago area and/or Michigan.

“There will be a change,” Carroll said, according to Icenetwork.com. “But you can’t just say goodbye. It’s got to be worked out intelligently and legally when we get home.”

Gold later released a statement.

“I am surprised that Frank announced his decision before informing me,” Gold said. “I continue to have the utmost respect for Frank Carroll and his legacy. He took me on during a very vulnerable time, and I am forever grateful for our work together. Despite my sadness in missing this world championships, I will benefit with extra time entering the Olympic season. I plan to use it well.”

Gold had been coached by Carroll since 2013, after she left her Chicago-area coach, Alex Ouriashev, about six months before the Sochi Olympics.

She moved to Los Angeles to work with Carroll and, with Carroll, finished fourth at the 2014 Olympics and 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

Asked about a potential change of training location Saturday night, Gold said this:

“I don’t have any plans of that nature yet,” she said. “You guys will be the first to know.”

Gold’s struggles since topping the 2016 World Championships short program have been well-documented. She fell to fourth after the worlds free skate, detached from the sport in the summer and mulled sitting out the fall season.

She competed anyway, posted her worst results in four years and made a desperate call to Ouriashev and worked with him for two weeks after Christmas before returning to Carroll before nationals.

“I think we did a pretty good job together, and then we had one complete disaster at the end of last year (worlds), which to me wasn’t horrible, being fourth in the world and first in the short program,” Carroll said, according to Icenetwork.

Carroll was a longtime coach of Michelle Kwan and also coached Evan Lysacek to 2010 Olympic gold.

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Gracie Gold left off world championships team

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 21:  Gracie Gold competes in the Championship Ladies Free Skate during the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Sprint Center on January 21, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY — Gracie Gold was left off the world championships team for the first time in her five-year senior career on Sunday.

A U.S. Figure Skating selection committee named the top three finishers from the U.S. Championships on Saturday night — Karen ChenAshley Wagner and Mariah Bell — to worlds in Helsinki in two months.

Gold placed sixth at nationals, her first time outside the top two, continuing a plunge since topping the 2016 World Championships short program and then finishing off the podium in fourth last March. Gold commented on her rough performance and disastrous season Saturday night.

Despite finishing sixth, Gold was still eligible for the three-woman worlds team. The committee decides based on not just nationals, but recent results starting with the 2016 U.S. Championships.

Gold won last year’s nationals, but after her fourth at worlds she had an awful fall season and didn’t come close to defending her U.S. title this past week.

U.S. champion Chen and Bell will make their worlds debuts in Helsinki. Wagner heads to her seventh worlds, one year after ending a 10-year U.S. women’s medal drought with a silver.

Gold is the second alternate behind Mirai Nagasu.

The U.S. team for worlds also includes pairs Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier and Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim and ice dance couples Maia and Alex ShibutaniMadison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

The Knierims successfully petitioned for a place on the worlds team despite not competing this season due to her September stomach surgery. They were the top U.S. pairs at the 2016 Worlds, placing ninth.

Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran, who were second at nationals in pairs, were left off the worlds team.

The two men on the worlds team will be named after Sunday’s free skate.

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