Olympic Medalist Announces Time Off to 'Seek Professional Help' After Struggles

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September 01, 2017Sep 01, 2017

Olympic medalist Gracie Gold just announced that she will be taking some time off of her sport. The U.S. figure skating champion told USA Today that she will be taking off a few months before jumping into the 2018 U.S. Olympic trials in early January.

Gold is a two-time U.S. figure skating champion and an Olympic medalist. She won the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Additionally, she is one of the most financially successful skaters in the world. While her sights are set high for the 2018 Olympics, the athlete's break may impair her ability to go for the gold. 

She said, "My passion for skating and training remains strong. However, after recent struggles on and off the ice, I realize I need to seek some professional help and will be taking some time off while preparing for my Grand Prix assignments. This time will help me become a stronger person, which I believe will be reflected in my skating performances as well.”

Gold was supposed to compete at the Japan Open on October 7 as the start of her 2018 Olympic season. Instead, she will not compete until the trials. The 2018 Winter Games begins on February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Reportedly, there is no time in recent memory that a skater has taken time away at such a "crucial moment." The 22-year-old's break may be to her benefit, however, as her performance has been declining since the 2016 world championships in Boston.

The skater has been relatively open about the pressure associated with athletics and about her struggle with needing to look a certain way. She admitted that she has struggled with her weight. 

Her announcement comes just four days after 19-year-old Russian Olympic skater Julia Lipnitskaia announced her retirement after battling with anorexia. 

While Gold has not made statements about the specific reason she is taking a break, coaches and fellow athletes are wishing for her success.

What do you think about this? We are praying that Gold finds peace through this season. In other breaking news, L'Oreal's first ever transgender model was just fired for what she said about all white people.

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