Gracie Gold debated skipping Grand Prix season

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Gracie Gold thought about skipping the fall Grand Prix season while taking “time to find that joy” again in figure skating this summer.

On Icenetwork.com’s Ice Talk podcast, Gold said she spent months “avoiding dealing with” the disappointment of falling from first after the world championships short program to finish fourth on April 2.

“I thought about not doing the Grand Prix this year this summer, just because, am I ready?” Gold, the reigning U.S. champion still searching for her first individual Olympic or worlds medal, said on the podcast published Wednesday. “But then I thought about not doing it. I would rather do the process, and I’d rather train for it and compete and have it maybe not be perfect than not do it at all. That’s just not my style to just sit this one out.”

Gold said she showed up at her home rink in California four days out of the month of July, according to Icenetwork.com.

“I’ve had some struggles,” she said in August, according to the website. “June and July were really hard for me. That’s when worlds depression really hit. I was on vacation. I had a lot of down time.”

Gold decided to go ahead and compete in the Grand Prix series after talking with others. The first of her two events is Skate America this weekend (broadcast schedule here).

Gold struggled at the free-skate-only Japan Open on Oct. 1, finishing sixth out of six skaters. Still, Gold said “it would be a mistake” if she didn’t compete at all before the U.S. Championships in January.

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