U.S. figure skating champion and Olympic medalist Gracie Gold is taking a break from competing to undergo treatment for anxiety, depression and an eating disorder.
People magazine reports that the icon gave a statement about her decision. “It saddens me deeply to sit out this Grand Prix Series, but I know it is for the best,” she said.
She continued: “I will not have adequate training time to prepare and compete at the level that I want to. I would like to thank U.S. Figure Skating, my fans and my sponsors for their ongoing support. I also want to thank [coaches] Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein for standing beside me through this journey and most of all my family for their unconditional love.”
Gracie discussed the pressures she’s experienced over her weight.
“You just don’t see overweight figure skaters for a reason,” she said. “It’s just something I’ve struggled with this whole year and in previous seasons. It’s just difficult when you’re trying to do the difficult triple jumps. It’s something that I am addressing, but it’s obviously not where it should be for this caliber of competition.”
No word yet on in Gracie will compete on Team USA in February’s Winter Olympics, however a spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic figure skating team addressed Gracie’s decision.
“U.S. Figure Skating is in full support of Gracie,” they said, “and we would ask all to respect her privacy at this time.”