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Gracie Gold won the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Thursday in Boston, strengthening her chances at making Team USA for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next month.

But did you know this 18-year-old skating phenom has Missouri ties?

Gold was born in Massachusetts and moved to Springfield, Mo. with her parents and fraternal twin sister, Carly, who is also a competitive figure skater.

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The family moved to Springfield, Ill. where Gold attended Glenwood Senior High School in Chatham, Ill. before transferring to University of Missouri High School, on online secondary school through Mizzou.

On Thursday night, Gold won the women's short program with a career-best of 72.12 points. This catapulted her ahead of Polina Edmunds, who placed second, and former Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who finished third. Ashley Wagner, a two-time U.S. champion and the favorite heading into Thursday's competition, came in fourth place.

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Gold trains in Glen Ellyn, Ill. and most recently placed sixth at the 2013 World Championships. Other career highlights include placing sixth at the 2013 Four Continents; grabbing the silver at the 2013 U.S. Championships, 2012 Rostelecom Cup, 2012 World Team Trophy, and 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships; and was the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating champion.

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The women's and pairs free skates are Saturday. It will be broadcast on NewsChannel 5 beginning at 2 p.m. Three ladies will be selected for Team USA on Sunday. That coverage also begins at 2 p.m.

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi are Friday, Feb. 7. It will be broadcast on NewsChannel 5.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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