Gracie Gold is on her way to becoming one of the most recognizable American athletes as she prepares to compete at the Winter Olympics. And just as her last name would suggest, this girl is ready to go for the gold. We were lucky enough to chat with the young Olympian about her goals, and of course her beauty routine.
When did you realize you wanted to become a figure skater?
I started skating when I was eight years old. I went to a birthday party at the local ice rink and, after eating cake and opening presents, we hopped on the ice and there were figure skaters jumping and spinning in the middle. They were just having so much fun and that’s when I thought, “I want to do that. I want to learn to skate!” So that’s when my mom and I signed up for skate lessons every Saturday. It just took off from there!
On a scale of 1-10, how nervous are you for Sochi?
I would say nervous probably at 6, but excited I would say a 10!
What’s your daily routine like? How many hours do you train per day?
I have a very long day! On the ice I train for 3 hours and then I train off the ice three times a week for about an hour to an hour and a half. I am at the rink at 9am and usually do a 9:30am to 10:30am session, and then I skate during the 11:00am and 1pm sessions so I am done early in the afternoon before I go to workouts. Afterwards, I head back to my house and do a little school and house work and resume daily life before the next day!
What kind of diet do you follow when competing?
I follow a really healthy diet, not just for skating but for life! I really try to focus on clean eating. I try to get carbs in before competitions — quinoa and brown rice are really great — and regularly eat fruit and vegetables. I also love almond milk in the morning!
How would you describe your beauty style?
Fun, but I try to have some classy elegance as well!
Your skin glows! Tell us about your skin care routine.
In the morning I always start out by washing my face with Olay’s Foaming Face Wash ($3.99). I also use my dermatologist-prescribed face lotion because my face can get dry sometimes, especially during the winter months! I then put on a little bit of makeup. I like to stick to light powder and mascara, because there is no need to layer on the eye shadow or the blush during training. At night, I make sure to take off all my makeup before I shower. I like to use Olay Fresh Effects EverythingOff ($5.99)! Makeup Remover Wipes because they are oil free and really, really good! In the shower I use a special sulfur face wash which is acne fighting, which I get from my Dermatologist. At night I don’t like to sleep with anything on my face so I can allow my skin to breathe.
What are your favorite Cover Girl products?
I love their whole Bombshell line, especially the Bombshell Volume Mascara ($8.99) and Bombshell Shine Shadows ($6.64). And the Lip Perfection line ($3.03-$5.99) is great! My favorite color is the 305 Hot. It is a really nice red color!
With a busy training schedule, what beauty products do you carry in your handbag to keep you gorgeous on the go?
I always carry a little bit of powder to fight the shine, a tube of mascara and a tube of lipstick!
What’s your best beauty tip?
For me it is all about moisturizing and keeping my skin hydrated! It is hard to get a really good flawless finish on your makeup if your skin is dry and peeling.
How do you prepare your makeup look for competitions?
It is definitely a long process! In the morning I start with a clean palette, making sure to wash the grime and everything off of my face. I always use lotion to make sure everything is hydrated. For competitions, I use a liquid foundation since we have to wear a lot of makeup. I never want to look washed out on the ice with all the bright TV lights, white ice and my blonde hair — getting washed out is my worst nightmare! I use a little bit of COVERGIRL +Olay Tone Rehab CC Cream ($10.99) and a little bit of concealer to hide any blemishes or dark circles under my eyes. Then I do the full smoky eye look with eyeliner and tons of mascara, and finish everything off with red lips.
What’s your plan after the Olympics are over? (Hopefully it involves a nice vacation!)
After the Olympics I definitely plan to unwind, at least for a little bit! I have the world championships in March before I am done with my season. So I still have a long way to go until the end of March, but we are getting there!
By Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty.