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‘I Was Living in Misery’

AT THE PEAK OF HER SKATING SUCCESS, GRACIE GOLD FELT HER WORLD CRUMBLE—BUT NO ONE KNEW THE DEPTH OF HER DESPAIR. NOW HEALTHY AND TRAINING FOR HER COMEBACK, SHE’S SPEAKING OUT TO HELP OTHERS
Back from the Brink Gold (in Sochi in 2014 and in Aston, Pa., in December 2018) says, “It’s like I was in this snow globe. I could see the world around me, but I was just stuck.”

It was the summer of 2017, and the last thing star figure skater Gracie Gold wanted to believe was that she might be critically depressed. But for the 2014 Olympian and two-time U.S. national champion, the signs were all there—and had been for at least a year. Secluded in her Detroit apartment, she’d sleep for up to 24 hours at a time; some mornings all she could manage to do was

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