by Thailan Pham
Sports Illustrated/Getty ImagesAs the newly crowned U.S. national champion, ice skater Gracie Gold is showing up to the Sochi Olympics on a swell of positive momentum. Now the Smuckers spokesperson and skater has her sights set on the podium -- and it doesn't hurt that the 18-year-old couldn't have a luckier last name. Poised to win, ya think?
For Gold, performing is "a way to share what I love to do with the rest of the world. You can share that emotion, like an actor," the ice skater says.
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If you've seen her powerhouse triple-triple combinations, you'll agree she's quite a pro at pairing athleticism with artistry.
"Skating can make you feel athletic, graceful, beautiful," says Gold. "That's what makes [the sport] so special."
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To stay strong for all the show-stopping flips and balancing acts she does on ice, the skater focuses on her core in the gym. Her favorite do-anywhere move? CoreRead More »from Tighten Your Core with Ice Skater Gracie Gold's Oblique Exercise