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ST. LOUIS - Missouri and Illinois'-own Olympic sweetheart, U.S. figure skater Gracie Gold, gave her first of what we suspect will be many appearances on NBC's Today Show. Then after she was done skating, she sat down and did a one on one interview with KSDK's Sara Dayley via satellite.

Gold, 18, won her first title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston on Saturday, finishing 18 points ahead of Polina Edmunds with a total of 211.69 points. That performance proved she's a serious threat to live up to her last name in Sochi.

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"I was on top of the world,'' Gold told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday. "I'm still on cloud nine. I was so proud of how I skated and I was able to earn my spot to Sochi. It's a lot to take in that I'm going to Sochi, (and) that I just made the Olympics. At 18, I'm fulfilling my biggest life goal thus far."

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Gold, who was born in Newton, Mass. moved from her home in the Springfield, Missouri, to trained in Michigan and Springfield, Illinois, and now to southern California where she trains with coach Frank Carroll, who also coached 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and one of Gold's idols, Michelle Kwan.

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