EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH TWO-TIME WOMEN’S FIGURE SKATING TWO-TIME WOMEN’S FIGURE SKATING CHAMPION GRACIE GOLD. CHAMPION GRACIE GOLD.>>WE ALL REMEMBER HER FROM THE>>WE ALL REMEMBER HER FROM THE OLYMPICS. OLYMPICS. SHE APPEARED TO HAVE EVERYTHING SHE APPEARED TO HAVE EVERYTHING GOING FOR HER, BUT RIGHT BEFORE GOING FOR HER, BUT RIGHT BEFORE THE 2018 PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS, THE 2018 PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS, GRACIE ANNOUNCED SHE WAS GRACIE ANNOUNCED SHE WAS STEPPING AWAY FROM SKATING TO STEPPING AWAY FROM SKATING TO DEAL WITH PERSONAL ISSUES. DEAL WITH PERSONAL ISSUES. RECENTLY SHE REVEALED THAT RECENTLY SHE REVEALED THAT INCLUDED BATTLES WITH DEPRESSION INCLUDED BATTLES WITH DEPRESSION AND AN EATING DISORDER. AND AN EATING DISORDER. WE SAT DOWN WITH GRACIE TO TALK WE SAT DOWN WITH GRACIE TO TALK ABOUT HER STRUGGLES AND HER ABOUT HER STRUGGLES AND HER FIGHT TO RETURN TO THE SPORT SHE FIGHT TO RETURN TO THE SPORT SHE LOVES. LOVES. ♪ ♪>>Reporter: HEADING INTO THE>>Reporter: HEADING INTO THE 2014 SOCHI OLYMPICS GRACIE GOLD 2014 SOCHI OLYMPICS GRACIE GOLD WAS FIGURE SKATING’S GOLDEN WAS FIGURE SKATING’S GOLDEN GIRL, HERALDED FOR HER GIRL, HERALDED FOR HER CONFIDENCE, POISE, AND GRACE CONFIDENCE, POISE, AND GRACE KELLY GOOD LOOKS. KELLY GOOD LOOKS.>>YOU CAME BACK AND YOU WERE A>>YOU CAME BACK AND YOU WERE A SENSATION. SENSATION. YOU WERE A GOLDEN GIRL. YOU WERE A GOLDEN GIRL. WHAT WAS THAT TIME LIKE FOR YOU? WHAT WAS THAT TIME LIKE FOR YOU?>>IT WAS — IT WAS LIKE — I>>IT WAS — IT WAS LIKE — I MEAN, IT WAS INCREDIBLE, BUT I MEAN, IT WAS INCREDIBLE, BUT I ALSO REMEMBER FEELING KIND OF ALSO REMEMBER FEELING KIND OF LIKE A FRAUD IN A WAY. LIKE A FRAUD IN A WAY. LIKE, I WAS AMERICA’S SWEETHEART LIKE, I WAS AMERICA’S SWEETHEART OR I WAS THE GOLDEN GIRL, AND I OR I WAS THE GOLDEN GIRL, AND I JUST — I WAS AFRAID TO BE REAL JUST — I WAS AFRAID TO BE REAL WITH MY STRUGGLES BECAUSE THEN I WITH MY STRUGGLES BECAUSE THEN I WOULDN’T BE LIKE AS PERFECT AS WOULDN’T BE LIKE AS PERFECT AS THE MEDIA SAW ME. THE MEDIA SAW ME.>>Reporter: JUST A TEENAGER AT>>Reporter: JUST A TEENAGER AT THE TIME, GRACIE’S STRUGGLES THE TIME, GRACIE’S STRUGGLES INCLUDED A BURGEONING EATING INCLUDED A BURGEONING EATING DISORDER WHICH SHE SAYS STARTED DISORDER WHICH SHE SAYS STARTED AFTER A COACH MADE AN JUSTIFY AFTER A COACH MADE AN JUSTIFY HAND HAND — OFFHANDED COMMENT ABOUT HER — OFFHANDED COMMENT ABOUT HER WEIGHT. WEIGHT.>>WHAT DID THE COACH SAY?>>WHAT DID THE COACH SAY?>>HE WAS LIKE LOOK AT YOUR>>HE WAS LIKE LOOK AT YOUR BUTD. BUTD. I I I COUNTED MY CALORIES THAT DAY. I COUNTED MY CALORIES THAT DAY. HOW LOW CAN YOU GET THE HOW LOW CAN YOU GET THE CALORIES, AND IT JUST SNOWBALLED CALORIES, AND IT JUST SNOWBALLED FROM THERE. FROM THERE.>>AND SO BEGAN A CYCLE OF>>AND SO BEGAN A CYCLE OF BINGEING AND RESTRICTING HER BINGEING AND RESTRICTING HER FOOD AND ALL THE SHAME THAT CAME FOOD AND ALL THE SHAME THAT CAME ALONG WITH IT. ALONG WITH IT.>>NO ONE NEEDS TO EAT TWO>>NO ONE NEEDS TO EAT TWO PIZZAS IN A SITTING, RIGHT? PIZZAS IN A SITTING, RIGHT? LIKE THAT’S — COME ON, GRACIE LIKE THAT’S — COME ON, GRACIE IT WAS WEIRD, BUT THEN IT WAS WEIRD, BUT THEN THROUGHOUT THE WEEK I’D BE LIKE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK I’D BE LIKE YOU CAN HAVE THREE COFFEES AND YOU CAN HAVE THREE COFFEES AND TWO APPLES, AND ALSO LIKE, HEY, TWO APPLES, AND ALSO LIKE, HEY, UPDATE, THAT’S NOT RIGHT EITHER. UPDATE, THAT’S NOT RIGHT EITHER.>>WHEN YOU HEAR THAT, THAT’S>>WHEN YOU HEAR THAT, THAT’S SOMEBODY WHO’S REALLY SOMEBODY WHO’S REALLY STRUGGLING. STRUGGLING.>>IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS>>IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE LIKE I’LL DEAL WITH IT WHERE LIKE I’LL DEAL WITH IT AFTER I’M DONE SKATING. AFTER I’M DONE SKATING.>>DID ANYONE KNOW?>>DID ANYONE KNOW?>>THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE>>THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THAT KNEW. THAT KNEW.>>YOU WERE GETTING POSITIVE>>YOU WERE GETTING POSITIVE FEEDBACK, TOO, SOMETIMES, FEEDBACK, TOO, SOMETIMES, WEREN’T YOU? WEREN’T YOU?>>YEAH, AND IT WAS JUST KIND OF>>YEAH, AND IT WAS JUST KIND OF LIKE IN SKATING CULTURE, IT’S LIKE IN SKATING CULTURE, IT’S NOT LIKE A UNIQUE THING TO ME, NOT LIKE A UNIQUE THING TO ME, SO I WOULD TEXT SOMEONE LIKE OH, SO I WOULD TEXT SOMEONE LIKE OH, LIKE I HAD A TOMATO, AND THEY’D LIKE I HAD A TOMATO, AND THEY’D BE LIKE, WOW, THAT’S SO GREAT. BE LIKE, WOW, THAT’S SO GREAT. LIKE I HAD A CAN OF POTATOES, LIKE I HAD A CAN OF POTATOES, AND THEN IT JUST GOT MORE AND AND THEN IT JUST GOT MORE AND MORE EXTREME UNTIL IT WAS JUST MORE EXTREME UNTIL IT WAS JUST LIKE UNBEARABLE. LIKE UNBEARABLE.>>Reporter: HER BREAKING POINT>>Reporter: HER BREAKING POINT CAME AFTER THE 2016 FIGURE CAME AFTER THE 2016 FIGURE SKATING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. SKATING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. GRACIE WAS EXPECTED TO PERHAPS GRACIE WAS EXPECTED TO PERHAPS WIN IT ALL. WIN IT ALL. SHE CAME IN FOURTH. SHE CAME IN FOURTH.>>WHAT WAS SO CRUSHING ABOUT>>WHAT WAS SO CRUSHING ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE? THAT EXPERIENCE?>>IT WAS EVERYTHING.>>IT WAS EVERYTHING. IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS LIKE I COULDN’T BE THE BEST IN LIKE I COULDN’T BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD BECAUSE I COULD NO THE WORLD BECAUSE I COULD NO HACK THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. HACK THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>Reporter: GRACIE SAYS SHE NOW>>Reporter: GRACIE SAYS SHE NOW WISHES SHE HAD TAKEN TIME OFF WISHES SHE HAD TAKEN TIME OFF FROM SKATING RIGHT THEN. FROM SKATING RIGHT THEN. INSTEAD SHE MOVED TO DETROIT TO INSTEAD SHE MOVED TO DETROIT TO CONTINUE TO TRAIN, BUT SHE COULD CONTINUE TO TRAIN, BUT SHE COULD BARELY GET OUT OF BED. BARELY GET OUT OF BED.>>I READ THAT YOU PUT PAPERS>>I READ THAT YOU PUT PAPERS OVER THE MIRRORS SO YOU WOULDN’T OVER THE MIRRORS SO YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO LOOK AT YOURSELF. HAVE TO LOOK AT YOURSELF.>>YEAH, BECAUSE AT THAT POINT I>>YEAH, BECAUSE AT THAT POINT I WAS LIKE EVEN SEEING MYSELF OR WAS LIKE EVEN SEEING MYSELF OR LIKE MY BODY WAS LIKE LIKE MY BODY WAS LIKE NAUSEATING, SO IN MY HEAD I WAS NAUSEATING, SO IN MY HEAD I WAS LIKE OH, WELL, DONE LOOK AT LIKE OH, WELL, DONE LOOK AT YOURSELF. YOURSELF.>>Reporter: BY THE TIME GRACIE>>Reporter: BY THE TIME GRACIE SHOWED UP AT A TEAM USA SUMMER SHOWED UP AT A TEAM USA SUMMER CAMP IN 2017 SHE WAS SEVERELY CAMP IN 2017 SHE WAS SEVERELY DEPRESSED AND IN A DANGEROUS DEPRESSED AND IN A DANGEROUS PLACE. PLACE.>>I REMEMBER FEELING LIKE THEY>>I REMEMBER FEELING LIKE THEY DON’T NEED ME THERE BECAUSE LIKE DON’T NEED ME THERE BECAUSE LIKE I’M JUST LIKE THIS WASHED UP I’M JUST LIKE THIS WASHED UP LOSER. LOSER. I’M TOXIC, THEY CAN SEE HOW BAD I’M TOXIC, THEY CAN SEE HOW BAD IT IS, ASK THEN THEY CAN KICK ME IT IS, ASK THEN THEY CAN KICK ME OFF THE TEAM, AND THEN I CAN GO OFF THE TEAM, AND THEN I CAN GO ABOUT MY SAD LIFE. ABOUT MY SAD LIFE. I WASN’T LIKE ACTIVELY SUICIDAL, I WASN’T LIKE ACTIVELY SUICIDAL, BUT I DEFINITELY WAS AT A POINT BUT I DEFINITELY WAS AT A POINT WHERE LIKE I DIDN’T SEE MYSELF WHERE LIKE I DIDN’T SEE MYSELF EXISTING MUCH LONGER. EXISTING MUCH LONGER. LIKE PROBABLY HONESTLY I WAS LIKE PROBABLY HONESTLY I WAS GOING TO LIVE UNTIL LIKE MY GOING TO LIVE UNTIL LIKE MY MONEY RAN OUT. MONEY RAN OUT.>>Reporter: CAMP STAFF>>Reporter: CAMP STAFF PERSUADED GRACIE TO SEEK HELP PERSUADED GRACIE TO SEEK HELP BUT SHE SOON ENTERED A PROGRAM BUT SHE SOON ENTERED A PROGRAM FOR EATING DISORDERS IN ARIZONA. FOR EATING DISORDERS IN ARIZONA.>>WAS THAT HEALING OR WAS IT>>WAS THAT HEALING OR WAS IT SCARY? SCARY?>>IT WAS HEALING IN A WAY>>IT WAS HEALING IN A WAY BECAUSE I JUST NEEDED SOME TIME BECAUSE I JUST NEEDED SOME TIME APART FROM SKATING BECAUSE I APART FROM SKATING BECAUSE I BLAMED SKATING FOR A LONG TIME, BLAMED SKATING FOR A LONG TIME, BUT LIKE IT WASN’T SKATING’S BUT LIKE IT WASN’T SKATING’S FAULT. FAULT. IT DIDN’T RUIN MY LIFE. IT DIDN’T RUIN MY LIFE. LIKE I ALLOWED MY BEHAVIOR WHILE LIKE I ALLOWED MY BEHAVIOR WHILE I WAS SKATING TO RUIN MY OWN I WAS SKATING TO RUIN MY OWN LIFE. LIFE.>>Reporter: AFTER SEEKING>>Reporter: AFTER SEEKING TREATMENT, SELF-REFLECTION, AND TREATMENT, SELF-REFLECTION, AND TIME OFF FROM THE SPORT, GRACIE TIME OFF FROM THE SPORT, GRACIE SAYS SHE’S NOW READY TO RETURN SAYS SHE’S NOW READY TO RETURN TO THE RINK. TO THE RINK.>>I MEAN, I STILL STRUGGLE WITH>>I MEAN, I STILL STRUGGLE WITH THOSE FEELINGS THE LIKE THOSE FEELINGS THE LIKE TREATMENT AND THERAPY ISN’T LIKE TREATMENT AND THERAPY ISN’T LIKE THIS MAGIC WAND WHERE IT’S JUST, THIS MAGIC WAND WHERE IT’S JUST, LIKE, FIXED. LIKE, FIXED. YOU JUST WANT TO START HAVING YOU JUST WANT TO START HAVING MORE GOOD DAYS THAN BAD DAYS. MORE GOOD DAYS THAN BAD DAYS.>>DO YOU STILL HAVE BIG SKATING>>DO YOU STILL HAVE BIG SKATING DREAMS? DREAMS?>>THE BEIJING GAMES IN 2022>>THE BEIJING GAMES IN 2022 WOULD BE LIKE THE ULTIMATE WOULD BE LIKE THE ULTIMATE DREAM, AND IF I COULD WIN, LIKE, DREAM, AND IF I COULD WIN, LIKE, A WORLD MEDAL, WINNING A WORLD A WORLD MEDAL, WINNING A WORLD MEDAL WOULD ALMOST BE MORE MEDAL WOULD ALMOST BE MORE IMPORTANT TO ME THAN GOING TO IMPORTANT TO ME THAN GOING TO ANOTHER OLYMPICS. ANOTHER OLYMPICS.>>DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO DREAM>>DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO DREAM AGAIN, TO DREAM ABOUT THE AGAIN, TO DREAM ABOUT THE FUTURE? FUTURE?>>YEAH, I ACTUALLY LIKE GO OUT>>YEAH, I ACTUALLY LIKE GO OUT IN THE WORLD LIKE FREELY, WITH IN THE WORLD LIKE FREELY, WITH SOME IMPORTANCE AND LET’S SEE IF SOME IMPORTANCE AND LET’S SEE IF WE CAN DO SOMETHING WITH OUR WE CAN DO SOMETHING WITH OUR LIFE TODAY. LIFE TODAY. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN LIKE GET LET’S SEE IF WE CAN LIKE GET THIS BACK ON TRACK. THIS BACK ON TRACK.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>YOU CAN SEE GRACIE IS REALLY>>YOU CAN SEE GRACIE IS REALLY HONEST, AND SHE’S SPEAKING OUT HONEST, AND SHE’S SPEAKING OUT BECAUSE SHE WANTS OTHERS TO HELP BECAUSE SHE WANTS OTHERS TO HELP FACE THEIR OWN ISSUES AND GET FACE THEIR OWN ISSUES AND GET HELP. HELP. SHE HOPES THIS STARTS A SHE HOPES THIS STARTS A CONVERSATION, BUT SHE — I WAS CONVERSATION, BUT SHE — I WAS SO STRUCK BY — WELL, FIRST OF SO STRUCK BY — WELL, FIRST OF ALL, SHE’S REALLY, REALLY FUNNY, ALL, SHE’S REALLY, REALLY FUNNY, AND YOU DIDN’T GET TO SEE IT IN AND YOU DIDN’T GET TO SEE IT IN THAT PIECE. THAT PIECE. SHE’S SO SASSY. SHE’S SO SASSY. SHE HAS SUCH A HUGE PERSONALITY. SHE HAS SUCH A HUGE PERSONALITY. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THAT DRIVE YOU CAN SEE WHERE THAT DRIVE COMES FROM. COMES FROM. YOU KNOW WHY SHE WAS A CHAMPION YOU KNOW WHY SHE WAS A CHAMPION BECAUSE SHE DRIVES HERSELF SO BECAUSE SHE DRIVES HERSELF SO HARD, AND I THINK THAT’S ALSO HARD, AND I THINK THAT’S ALSO THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT IS WHAT THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT IS WHAT DROVE HER INTO HER SADNESS AND DROVE HER INTO HER SADNESS AND SOME OF THOSE BEHAVIORS. SOME OF THOSE BEHAVIORS.>>SO REVEALING.>>SO REVEALING.>>AND I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT>>AND I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOMEONE LIKE HER FROM THE CHEAP SOMEONE LIKE HER FROM THE CHEAP SEATS YOU THINK SHE’S GOT IT SEATS YOU THINK SHE’S GOT IT ALL. ALL. AND JUST THE FACT, WE DON’T KNOW AND JUST THE FACT, WE DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE WALKING HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND LIKE GRACIE. AROUND LIKE GRACIE.>>SHE’S AT THE OLYMPICS EATING>>SHE’S AT THE OLYMPICS EATING ONE TOMATO AND TWO CUPS OF ONE TOMATO AND TWO CUPS OF COFFEE PUTTING IN THESE COFFEE PUTTING IN THESE INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES. INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES. AND OF COURSE THAT’S NOT AND OF COURSE THAT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE, AND IT WASN’T FOR SUSTAINABLE, AND IT WASN’T FOR HER, BUT SHE’S COURAGEOUS. HER, BUT SHE’S COURAGEOUS.>>SHE KNOWS THAT NOW.>>SHE KNOWS THAT NOW. THAT’S A STEP IN THE RIGHT THAT’S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. DIRECTION. SHE KNOWS SO MANY PEOPLE GO I SHE KNOWS SO MANY PEOPLE GO I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT PERIOD. PERIOD. SHE’S ALL TOO AWARE. SHE’S ALL TOO AWARE. IS SHE GOING TO TRAIN AGAIN? IS SHE GOING TO TRAIN AGAIN?>>SHE’S ON THE RINK, AND SHE’S>>SHE’S ON THE RINK, AND SHE’S GOT GOALS, BUT SHE’S — YOU GOT GOALS, BUT SHE’S — YOU KNOW, SHE KEEPS IT IN KNOW, SHE KEEPS IT IN PERSPECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE. SHE’S ALSO TRAINING LITTLE KIDS.

Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold On Comeback After Eating Disorder | TODAY

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    I wonder if the coach who made that off-handed comment about her weight was Frank Carroll…thoughts?

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    I wish Ashley Wagner’s role in getting Gracie help would have been presented. It was not Champ camp staff; Ashely recognized that Gracie was in a bad state and did more for her than ANY of her coaches. I’m glad Gracie is in a much bette replace and will loudly cheer her on as she continues to train and compete!!

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    She’s such a good role model! I love Gracie!

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    Aww. I love her so much! She’s so honest and so upfront about everything. You’re helping sooooo many girls with this, Gracie. We love you!

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    Beautiful, intelligent woman doesn’t need a wold medal. She could do anything and be healthy
    and lead an exciting and fulfilling life. Skating doesn’t have to be her everything.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Best in the world? Have you SEEN the Russian girls?! Maybe top 3 in North America at best.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    Part of any sport, but especially one that involves jumps and balance require you to watch your weight very carefully because it directly affects your performance, fluctuating weight will throw off all of your jumps! So if it’s something that’s too difficult to deal with mentally, then you just realize that you’re not cut out for the sport mentally. Don’t blame the sport and coaches etc.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Whenever I see Savanah Guthrie all I can think about is Omarosa putting her in her place.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    coming out stories like this help so much as a former professional ballet dancer who also struggles with eating disorders, body dis-morphia, and depression …..THANK YO Gracie, keep fighting, youre worth it. <3

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  • February 24, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    And… by the way, never criticize anyone???? We ALL DO! in any way we all do criticize people for what they do, whether is for an ability or a mistake or an achievement or looks. We all do it! What we all must learn or re-learn is to understand people's comments and take them as they are, just comments! If one gets offended for what one listens, then one never listen to people at all. We must learn to digest people's opinions and accept what can be true facts and discard empty words. Why would I feel offended just for a criticism? People must feel offended for an insult, nothing else.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    Something body positive cannot do.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Go away Gracie. You are pathetic, climbing your way somehow back into the media swamp. Nobody cares you were a loser.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    Figure skating is not your life, Gracie. You just like the media glam. You just want to be famous and hang out with Taylor loser Swift again. What a loser. Don't come back. Americans don't care about seeing you back.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    So honest! Many people can relate to this and I hope it helps start a conversion!

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  • February 25, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Gracie Gold Jesus Loves You Jesus died the God put you on this Earth You are God's treasure

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  • February 25, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    I think we can all say we know something big is coming from Gracie

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  • February 25, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Like every sentence has a like. Like you know. Like people can't make conversation without all the like this like that.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 7:35 am
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    Gracie, if you ever read this comment.. I felt the same way! Worrying about my weight and even skill level took all of the fun away from figure skating for me… Pursuing it, without caring about what others think or how you should look, and doing the things you love, will make your body, soul, and skating, absolutely perfect. <3

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    i also have an eating disorder. I am fat. i haven't really done anything about it, but I don't know. I love you, Gracie! I'm happy for you!

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    I am sorry for her but her skating career is done. if you cant control your puberty in skating. i am afraid its done. we ve seen so many great ladies skater have that issue.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    Thank you Gracie for sharing! Wishing the best of luck to you and a comeback that you're happy with. I sincerely hope this helps others and brings awareness and change. I grew up watching figure skating and love it, but lately I find it hard to support a sport that has coaches that demand young girls and women keep their weight down too low, and comment on their bodies. I'm sure eating disorders are rampant and not talked about… yet. Depression as well, no doubt. And with frail, unnaturally thin bodies, skaters are more vulnerable to injuries. 🙁 Someone we can all admire is Akiko Suzuki who came back from anorexia and elegantly fought her way to the top level!

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  • February 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    This interview is so cringey

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  • February 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Weight does play a role in figure skating as it does in rhythm gymnastics, but the way her coach dealt with wasn't done right. Figure skaters actually need to eat a lot too because they burn a lot of energy just practicing. However, they most probably aren't allowed to eat junk.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    I’m sure the female anchors could have commented on their own struggles instead of acting surprised or oblivious. Plus, Frank Carroll didn’t make the weight comments…FYI.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    As a skater myself I feel for her, but I wish she could talk normally without using the word "like" all the time.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    She was robbed of the bronze medal in Sochi. It really should've been 1. Yuna, 2. Koster, 3. Gold. I'm glad she is doing better. It makes me soooo happy to see her comeback, regardless of her results, SHE IS WINNING ALREADY.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    She has an unfortunately annoying speech pattern. Vocal fry, and lots of 'like'. argh.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    For those who do not know…it was NOT Frank Carroll who commented on her weight.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    I remembered seeing Gracie's sadness, his joy was gone big time! May she has a full recovery!!

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  • February 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Gracie I believe in you girl!!! You can make it back

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  • February 26, 2019 at 12:49 am
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    Gracie can’t compete technically with the new upcomers. She needs to retire…GRACEfully

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  • February 26, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    i know what that feels like. i'm a race car driver with an anxiety disorder and i have some difficulty getting on my game when im having constant panic attacks.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    I thought she gained a bunch of weight and that is why she got depressed and hid..she said that on another interview. I suffer from depression and don't get better..I stay like this always and when I do go out I have to plan it and make myself, but 9 time's out of 10 I cancel. She said she will spend her money first .yeah okay..depression doesn't care about money..that will not motivate you, it could help ( bills etc). but nothing will motivate you or give you the desire to care about anything in life

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  • February 26, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    After hearing this girl talk I knew she was from Illinois. Looked it up, yep, Springfield. We love our deep toned "um like" in Illinois.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    I’ve a new insight on Gracie Gold. I always thought that she was cold and motionless, this interview proved all that wrong. I’m happy she’s on the road to recovery and getting in a better place in life

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  • February 26, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    White girl problem

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  • February 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    Yuna Kim, this is how natural beauty looks like, not fake plastic surgery all Koreans go through.

    Kudos to the media trying make Gracie still relevant even though she is not.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    After the poor showing of the US skaters at the last Olympics I have all hope for Gracie if she wants to skate again ….if not, I say that's fine too….and thank you for what you have done in the sport in the past….your charm, beauty and charisma left a mark

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  • February 26, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    When is she scheduled to compete for that elusive world medal?

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  • February 27, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Good for you Gracie…go for it! You are a champion no matter what and there is life beyond competitive skating. So nice to see open and honest conversation about the struggle many skaters, dancers, etc go through and the scrutiny to be perfect. You are a beautiful girl inside and out and no matter what happens in skating, you are a champion in life! Much love to you!

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  • February 27, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I was never a fan of her presentation off ice but my god this is so mature, articulate and honest….she's really grown into her own woman

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  • February 27, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    Wow she looks so much older.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    Thank you for sharing Gracie! It takes a lot of guts to be vulnerable about our feelings, but through these kind of conversations we can start to transform media into a supportive and inclusive community rather than a pressuring and standard-setting one. Prayers for your mental and physical health!

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  • February 27, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    Gracie 💜💜💜

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  • February 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Who said "Fantastic" at the end 06:00? I think that was kinda rude..

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  • February 27, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    She’s called Gold for a reason- she’s already golden, she doesn’t need a gold medal to tell her that.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    “Does it feel good to dream again?” – hope she keeps going. 💗

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  • February 28, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    Honestly I understand her determination to win a World medal over an Olympic one. Worlds was where everything went downhill. She's talked before about how that one fall cost her the gold medal. She was so close and then in her free skate fell. It's redemption.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 5:50 am
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    I like how she said treatment and therapy are not a magic wand. It’s true. You have to work at it. And like she said, you come to a point where you want more good days than bad days. Very inspiring.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    This is really nice. I can tell that she is being utterly honest and real in this video and it will help so many people who are struggling.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    Does anyone know which coach said that about her weight? First i though it was frank carol but then someone commented that I wasn’t him so I don’t know now haha.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Gracie, watch these videos. They are so important for people, especially athletes. See what is said about Novak in the second video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4CBy0uVqRc&fbclid=IwAR02gqX30ffzvrRxhcOilMV6nZmKErbfAyijnoX7AEfc58saN9YoyZ-UaF4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0La27FNrA4

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  • February 28, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    I have a message for Gracie: dreams may be good, delusions are very bad.
    You are trying to revive your dreams, but you will discover they are delusions. You stand no chance for a major title. As in perfect zero. Sorry it hurts but I am saying this because you have been an excellent figure skater and I have been a fan. I don't want to see you hurt even more.
    You now have the body of a grown woman with certain mental and eating issues. Your most recent skate at Grand Prix Russia a complete disaster, an embarrassment to your country. You should not have competed but you entertained certain delusion.
    Ladies figure skating these days are for the young ones, 15 – 18 year olds. Unless you are the very best in perfect condition, it's over at 19. Look at the struggles of Tuk and Med, who have actually won World titles. Women puberty is a show stopper and the coaches are the first to understand that. Who will coach you, choreo for you given your horrible physical conditions and issues? You need 3A or 4X, 'impossible' 3X combos, amazing artistry, tip top physical shape, world's best choreo, an Olympian training regime. Unlimited financial support from the Fed. Just to be in a top six contender for a World title.
    Gracie Gold, you should stop the figure skating dream. It will be a nightmare.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    My first conscious decision to restrict my food also came after an offhanded comment a coach (gymnastics for me) made about my butt. I was nine. And already underweight. But it stayed in my mind and I struggled with anorexia for 15 years, in and out of treatment and hospitalizations. I'm so proud of Gracie for doing what she needs to get better. I hope to see her back to doing what she loves, and truly enjoying it!

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  • March 2, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    This really needed to be said. She's speaking for a lot of people.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    I wish this young woman the best. She is a wonderful talent. So much pressure placed on these athletes at such a tender age.

    I bet when she sees this interview, she will realize how often she says "like." I know how that goes, sometimes when I watch myself on video, I catch things I wasn't aware of what I was doing.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    Gracie was my favorite figure skater. I remember watching her win nationals and meeting her in 2016. Her being open about her struggles makes me inspired to love myself and my body more.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    I love Gracie Gold, she's always been my favourite 😢😢❤❤
    To know that she also struggles with an eating disorder like myself makes me admire her even more – for her wonderful strength.
    I wish her all the best and I wish I could meet her just to say this❤

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  • March 3, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    Girls like this should not idolise stick thin "ice princesses"… Idolise someone like Tonya Harding a THICK and muscular skater with powerful jumps… who cares if her butt is big? The thighs on Tonya could make her jump a Triple Axel. Its time to change the image of a demure, innocent, "do whatever" the coach says ice princess.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    Having an eating disorder is a hard thing to live with, it’s a love/hate relationship. I wanted to die when I was during the worst of it, hospitalizations a couple times. I got my weight back up to normal, but for years I still dealt with the binging/purging/bulimia, finally stopped purging after 15 years. I admit I still want to do it once and a while because some of us never really completely recover from this. It’s annoying.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    Godspeed, Gracie!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    I had been wondering where she had gone. I had always loved her!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Gracie gold must get the gold

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  • March 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    Is it just the girls who struggle with weight issues? Adam Rippon said he’d really suffered in order to keep his weight down. In recent years the guys in men’s singles have been becoming more and more slender.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 10:02 am
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    She is still far from good shape both physically and mentally. And they already say she is coming back. Too soon. Such announcements can break her again

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  • March 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    We love you for you Gracie we’re here for you

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  • March 9, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    say like again

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  • March 11, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    “Nobody eats 2 pizzas in one sitting”
    called out

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  • March 11, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    “Nobody eats 2 pizzas in one sitting”
    called out

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  • March 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    Hoda is a manish Amazon tranny

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  • March 12, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    Whats with skaters and eating disorders???

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  • March 12, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    For some reason I used to think that Gracie was really immature. She is a true fighter. I am sorry I thought that about her. GO GIRL!!

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  • March 13, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    So sad I’ve been waiting on her

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  • March 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    She's 23 and she's been out of the sport for a long time. Get a college degree and work. There is a big world out there!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    Man, a few years back she was a phenom. I stopped watching figure skating when she was basically at her pinnacle, I had no idea she walked away from it all for a while to battle with something like this. I'm glad she chose to take time from her profession and to deal with this obstacle before it ruined the thing she loves to do most. Eating disorders are nothing to mess around with, it can drain you mentally and steal the joy in the things that you cherish.

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  • March 25, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    Figure skaters are usually pretty..

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  • March 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    I hope that she is doing well, and that she is getting the help that she needed.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    It’s not rlly the coach’s fault but it’s the way she said it.Athletes need to look after their weight especially figure skaters and ballerinas…

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  • March 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    You are a stunning beautiful young lady. Keep up with your self healing & don’t be afraid to ask for help. Help is a good thing. Good luck. 😊🙏🏻❤️🇺🇸

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  • March 30, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    She is a beautiful queen 😂😂❤️❤️

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  • March 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    You take very small talented kids and drill them for certain physical skills. Every single day. You don’t just train them physically. You train their minds, too. You train them to think a certain way. You shape those neural pathways in their brains. It’s not just figure skating but any sports, ballet included, where you have to start at a very young age and which requires many many years of extreme dedication and oh yes children can be super dedicated once they find something they have high levels of aptitude for. Children can get used to many things, like taking coaching, following orders, not complaining. They’re told to lose weight. They lose weight. You then get them to compete with one another. You watch small kids pull off extreme physical feats and think it’s absolutely fantastic, how lucky they are to have such talent. We watch and applaud, then we make comparisons like which girl or boy is good-looking, cute, slender, graceful etc.. I guess it will never cease. The whole pageant of gladiators, dancing princesses and circus ponies. We even pay to see them. If you’re among the spectators, count yourself lucky.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Grown women have no chance beating those little girl robots coming out from Russia

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  • April 4, 2019 at 4:12 am
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    "You just wanna start having more good days than bad days." – Gracie Gold

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  • April 10, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    go high carb low fat vegan then you dont have to starve. Just look at my gf Natasha.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    I'm happy for her

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  • April 22, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    hey we r learning this stuff in health class

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  • April 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    She's beautiful regardless of what she does. And she deserves the best

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  • April 24, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    She's a sweetHeart. Depression sucks…

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  • May 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    Go for it Gracie!

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  • May 7, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    She just doesn't have the mental ability and toughness to compete in such a stressful sport. I hope no one gives emotional advice such as come back! There is no come-back! Even if she can get to her best of a couple years ago, in current climate,she cannot get a placement of better than 10th. Even Zagitova cannot be on podium next year! I hope she finds success and happiness somewhere else.

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  • May 7, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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    Should of told the coach that your pumpin those buns while skating. Skaters have a pumped butt for a reason mine is gorgeous from skating.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    I cry for you, glad you can hold ur head up, brave girl don't let naysayers tell u otherwise, mad props

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  • May 17, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    Thank you for sharing your story Gracie! I am sure it will help many.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    Slashy slashy crashy.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 2:18 am
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    Bless your heart, Gracie! Remember "we" (your fans/friends) are routing for you. Never give up. Take care of your heart, mind, soul and then body. I say it in that order because it starts with love. Love yourself because God loves you. And you have no idea how many lives you have saved by coming forward and sharing. So many young people ( guys and gals) struggle with eating disorders and need to know that someone understands. Blessings and smooth edges, V.

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  • July 9, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    People can't comprehend what their words can do to people, I admire Gracie's courage and resilience, wishing her all the best on the journey ahead <3

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  • July 13, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    this made me think abt evgenia medvedeva and alina zagitova their coach is very strict with their diet so much. im glad zhenya is with brian orser now

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    I wish her the best but in Russia it's figure skating jam and definitely Alexandra, Evgenia, Alina is not fighting with other countries athletes but they are competing with each other to be on the no.1 spot.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    pretty girl! Reporter: she had a tomato and 2 cups of coffee. that's not sustainable. that's not sustainable for her. Myself: Hello!!! That's not sustainable for anyone!!!

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