Popular Figure Skater Reveals What She's Being Treated For

Gracie Gold skipping Grand Prix amid treatment for anxiety, depression, eating disorder
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2017 5:30 AM CDT
Popular Figure Skater Reveals What She's Being Treated For
In this April 3, 2016, file photo, Gracie Gold skates during the exhibition program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

When figure skater Gracie Gold announced she'd be taking a leave of absence from the sport "to seek some professional help," she expected to be back in time for her Grand Prix assignments next month. Now, she has announced she's withdrawing from those competitions as well, as more details come out about what she's being treated for. Gold is being treated for anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder, People reports, and she said Friday, "I will not have adequate training time to prepare and compete at the level that I want to. ... It saddens me deeply to sit out this Grand Prix Series, but I know it is for the best."

It's not clear whether she plans to compete for spot on Team USA for February's Winter Olympics, but ESPN reports such a bid would now be "unlikely" and NBC Sports says that if she does compete, she'll be "behind in the race" for the three spots. (Gold has a history of discussing struggles with her weight.)

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