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U.S. champion Gracie Gold is looking to stay in a figure-skating 'zone' this year

U.S. champion Gracie Gold is looking to stay in a figure-skating 'zone' this year

The quest to blend training and talent in a flawless performance drives figure skaters through tedious practices in frigid rinks, days when there's not a sequin or an adoring audience in sight. Gracie Gold has known the exhilaration of that moment. She also has learned how elusive it is.

“I remember Scott Hamilton said he had maybe only five or six performances when he really felt completely in the zone, where he was almost like a puppet to his work,” Gold said of the 1984 Olympic gold medalist. “It was just not even hard and he did it so in the zone.”

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