Gracie Gold raises the bar to earn individual medal

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Gracie Gold has raised the bar of medal competition for the USA in figure skating after the first-ever "team figure skating" competition.

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Within that team competition, Gold did the free skate and only one other free skater had a higher score than her.

That has raised expectations.

As soon as Gracie stepped off the ice Sunday night, the Missouri native was already focused on her upcoming individual competition.

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Christine Brennan with USA Today says after last night's performance, Gold is a more confident and comfortable skater.

She was essentially hitting clean-up for the U.S. team Sunday night, and the way she came through Brennan says she has set herself up for at least a medal in next week's individual competition.

Gold is actually working with Michelle Kwan's former coach, and he says he working to make her a little less of a perfectionist.

He says he wants to take a little pressure off and have her be okay with "excellent."

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