In world-class figure skating, there is no gold without grace. In U.S. figure skating, there is no Gold without Gracie.
Nineteen-year-old Gracie Gold is the reigning U.S. figure skating champion. Her bronze medal in the team competition at the most recent Olympic games has brought her international recognition.
Now, with the 2015 national championship just more than a month away, the Illinois native is hungry for another gold medal. December is when she needs to peak physically. It’s also a month when Nike+ Training Club App users can begin to train like the figure skating star.
Beginning Dec. 1, Gold’s Core Confidence Workout will launch on the N+TC App. The seven-minute Pilates-inspired workout features seven drills, including swan prep neck rolls, straight legs to criss-crosses, and ball rolls. The main objective is to build core strength, which is critical to figure skating.
“With skating, you’re on metal blades, you’re up in the air and you’re spinning,” Gold says. “Your core is in the middle of everything. So while your arms are up and your legs are out, a strong core ensures that you stay balanced over whichever leg you’re standing on.”
Gold relies on studio workouts and drills such as those in her N+TC App workout to build strength during the offseason. She isn’t afraid to broaden her fitness horizons and encourages others to push themselves outside their comfort zones.
“The best advice I can give athletes is to know your limits,” Gold says. “And once you know those limits, you should try to push past them. So if you think your limit is ten reps, then you should try to get 15 the next time. This will help you become stronger, both physically and mentally.”
About Gracie Gold
Gracie Gold’s figure skating career began after birthday cake.
The then eight-year-old was attending a friend’s birthday party at a local skating rink when she noticed freestyle skaters on the ice. Gold’s interest was piqued. Fortunately, her talent matched her intrigue. However, despite her natural gift for the sport, Gold’s parents urged their daughter to pursue the sport on her own terms.
“They always told me, ‘This isn’t something we dream for you. This is your own dream.’ Knowing that the sport wasn’t something that was forced on me was really helpful,” Gold says. “It has made the process more enjoyable and, ultimately, more successful.”
Gold’s resume includes a World Junior Championships silver medal, a U.S. national gold and silver, and an Olympic bronze. She’ll look to add more hardware at the 2015 U.S. National Championships in January.
About Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club is a global fitness community of girls driven by self-expression in movement and training. It embodies Nike’s commitment to inspire and enable female athletes through its products, services and experiences.
The N+TC App is the digital heartbeat of the club, uniting its members no matter where they train. The full-body training app caters to every level of fitness. Athletes can choose four-week programs or one-off workouts in order to chase their goals of getting lean, toned or strong.
The N+TC App features more than 100 workouts and is free to download on iOS and Android in English, Chinese (Standard and Traditional), Japanese, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), Thai, Korean, Brasilian Portuguese, Turkish, and Central American and South American Spanish-language versions. For more information, visit nike.com.