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Gold withdraws from two Grand Prix assignments

Two-time U.S. champion taking time to focus solely on personal matters
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Gracie Gold will skip her two Grand Prix assignments as she continues to receive professional treatment for personal matters. -Getty Images

COLORADO SPRINGS -- U.S. Figure Skating announced Friday that two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from her Grand Prix assignments at the Cup of China and Internationaux de France as she continues to receive professional treatment for personal matters.

Gold, the 2014 and 2016 U.S. champion, finished fourth in the ladies event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games while also helping the United States earn the bronze medal in the team event.

"It saddens me deeply to sit out this Grand Prix Series, but I know it is for the best," said Gold in a statement released Friday. "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."

The 2017 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series begins Friday, Oct. 20 with the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia. The Cup of China and Internationaux de France take place in November.