Olympian and two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and, in doing so, taken herself out of consideration for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.
Gold had previously withdrawn from the 2017-18 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, citing treatment for depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
In a statement emailed to reporters on Friday, Gold said her treatment continues.
“It breaks my heart to withdraw from the 2018 U.S. championships,” she said. “I am still undergoing treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. I have not had adequate training time in order to perform at the level at which I want to. It pains me to not compete in this Olympic season, but I know it’s for the best. I wish everyone the best of luck and will be cheering you all on. I want to thank everyone for the ongoing love and support. It means the world to me.”
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships are scheduled for Dec. 29-Jan. 7 in San Jose, California, and will serve as the final selection event for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Gold, 22, was one of the brightest stars in the sport after winning her first U.S. title in 2014. She went on to win a team bronze medal and finish fourth in the women’s competition at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. She added another U.S. title in 2016, while also finishing fourth at the world championships in 2015 and ‘16.
However, Gold struggled last season, finishing sixth at the U.S. championships and missing out on the world championships team.
In September, Gold announced she was taking time off “to seek some professional help,” but did not specify at the time what she was getting help for. At the time she said she planned to return for her grand prix assignments, which were scheduled for November in Beijing and Grenoble, France.
However, on Oct. 13 she withdrew from those events, citing treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.
“It saddens me deeply to sit out this Grand Prix Series, but I know it is for the best,” Gold said in a statement last month.