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Gold: Skate Milwaukee kicks off 'special' year

U.S. junior champion lands 'Rippon Lutz,' feels she and sister 'have arrived!'

Gracie Gold (right) wears a glowing smile beside the "fabulous" Kiri Baga.
Gracie Gold (right) wears a glowing smile beside the "fabulous" Kiri Baga. (courtesy of Gracie Gold)

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By Gracie Gold, special to icenetwork.com
(07/17/2012) - Gracie Gold is the reigning U.S. junior ladies gold medalist and world junior silver medalist. She blogs about her experiences at Skate Milwaukee.

2012 Skate Milwaukee is in the books!

It was a great place to begin my season. I always enjoy Skate Milwaukee. The Kern Center is beautiful, the officials are first-rate, there are interesting seminars, and the people are warm and friendly.

Alexander Lakernik, the ISU chairman of the Technical Committee for Singles and Pairs, provided us with the latest technical changes for the upcoming season. He was able to clarify areas of confusion and provide examples of how the changes apply to skaters' programs.

There were two seminars that offered the skaters a peek into the judging and technical calling panels. They showed actual video from skating events and "called it" in one and "judged" it in the other. This was a very useful way to present information. The presenters were informative and also very entertaining. Charlie Cyr was hilarious!

I skated my sassy new short program to "Hernando's Hideaway." My sparkly red dress arrived just in time! I feel pretty pleased with my performance. I landed my "Rippon" triple Lutz for the first time in competition! The judges critiques were so helpful and supportive. It was a good beginning, and there are still plenty more points possible! I will debut my free skate at Skate Detroit.

This year is really special because my sister, Carly, and I are both skating as senior ladies. It was always our goal to make it to seniors, and WE HAVE ARRIVED! YEAH! Carly had two amazing skates and earned the silver medal behind the fabulous Kiri Baga!

What a great start to the season ... so many good times on and off the ice.