Olympic medalist Gracie Gold announced Friday that she has chosen to withdraw from the 2017-18 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, citing a combination of factors.
“It saddens me deeply to sit out this Grand Prix Series, but I know it is for the best,” Gold said in a statement. “I am currently in treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. I will not have adequate training time to prepare and compete at the level that I want to. I would like to thank U.S. Figure Skating, my fans and my sponsors for their ongoing support. I also want to thank Marina (Zoueva) and Oleg (Epstein) for standing beside me through this journey and most of all my family for their unconditional love.”
Gold announced in September that she was taking time off "to seek some professional help," but did not specify at the time what she was getting help for. In a statement made to USA Today on Sept. 1, Gold indicated that she would return for the grand prix season, with November assignments scheduled in Beijing and Grenoble, France.
“My passion for skating and training remains strong,” she said in the September statement. “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 won her first U.S. championship in 2014 en route to making her Olympic debut in Sochi, where she finished fourth individually and won team bronze, and for the next two years remained atop U.S. women's figure skating, finishing fourth at the 2016 world championships. Gold struggled last season, finishing sixth at the U.S. championships and missing out on the world championships.