- Written by Administrator
- Published: 15 January 2014
Skaters at the Bog in Kingston got a surprise visit from an Olympic hopeful this past weekend, as one of figure skating's top performers took the ice for a pre-competition practice.
Newly crowned U.S. Figure Skating Champion Gracie Gold stopped by the Bog on Saturday morning before her final Free Skate at the National Championships at the TD Garden in Boston Saturday night. Gold’s mother contacted Joan
Bunnell, skating director at The Bog, a few weeks before the championships to schedule some ice time for her daughter to practice her program.
“I knew the session at the Bog was a busy one, with many of our local skaters al- ways skating on it, but I put her name on the sign in sheet to secure a spot,” Bunnell said. “Many kids ended up seeing Gracie’s name on the list and that’s when the excitement for her arrival began.”
Bunnell said skaters cleared the way for Gold to rehearse and watched her execute her triples and spins “flawlessly.”
After practice, skaters gathered with Gold for a group photo and the skater stayed to sign autographs and take pictures with the Potential Olympian.
“I was concerned this may have been a distraction to her concentration, but by the looks of her performance on Saturday evening, it obviously did not affect her,” she said.
Gold captured the title of 2014 National Senior Ladies Champion and will be heading to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympic Games in February.
Duxbury skaters Kathryn Kelley, Lauren McKenzie, Brynne Blackington, Abby Bean, Caroline Vitaro, Michala Waltz, Emily Gunderson, Arianna Doherty, Julia Mutkowski, Sophia Moretti, Elizabeth Vitaro, Will Annis, Alina Neal, Katie McCormack, Victoria Doherty and Jackie Mutkowski posed for photos with Gold before she left for Boston.
Bunnell also said the skaters at the Bog are proud of Duxbury resident Alex Shaughnessy and her partner Jimmy Morgan who competed for the first time as Senior Pairs during the U.S Figure Skating Championships.