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Opinion: Why Did Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Have to Tell the World About Her Problems?

Opinion: Why Did Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Have to Tell the World About Her Problems?
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On September 1, 2017, Olympic figure skating medalist and US ladies figure skating champion Gracie Gold announced to the world that she was taking time off from skating to “seek some professional help.”  In October it was confirmed that she is being treated for an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression, and it was announced that she would skip competing in the 2017 Grand Prix of Figure Skating season.

What I don’t understand is why is it necessary for elite figure skaters from the USA to have to make public announcements like this?  Why couldn’t Gracie Gold just privately pursue the help she needed?  Her announcement was and is so very public.  Elite figure skaters deal with so many things and I wish that did not include the invasion of privacy.  Losing privacy I believe could have contributed to what Gold is going through.

Gracie Gold will get through this tough time in her life, but may always carry the memory of when she told the world she had “problems.”  I do wish the best for Gracie.  She has accomplished so much in her young life and I hope she is able to get through this and skate again with the joy that she once had.

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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