She goes by the name Gracie Gold.
Here is the link to the icenetwork page about Gracie: ####://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=101391
Also, I know her aunt, and the family calls her Gracie.
She's a lovely and athletic skater as well as a level-headed young woman, and I have high hopes that she will be the "star" that fans have been looking for since Michelle Kwan stopped competing.
Yes, I certainly agree!
I remember when Ashley Wagner first came onto the competition scene at the Senior Level, I said (on this forum) that she had "star-potential".
Americans love a beautiful woman who is also strong physically.
I just hope she has a good agent. Lately, it seems that the agents who represent figure skaters just aren't beating the pavement to position their clients before the public. I can see why this might be a challenge when the client fails to produce wins, but Ashley Wagner is doing her job. Time for the agent to do theirs.
I'm concerned about one thing. I heard from people who were there that Wagner was rather rude at the ISI World Champs exhibition this summer. Kids were really disappointed. I hope that this was just a "fluke," or that the people I talked to were taking an "extreme" view not shared by everyone else at the competition. Yes, Americans love beauty and strength, but above both of those traits, they value friendliness, especially when it comes to interactions with children. Figure skaters really do have to have "the complete package" if they have any aspirations to be "stars."
About the ISI Worlds thing: I heard she acted like she "didn't want to be there" not really rude per se. The other Ashley (Cain) was very good with the kids, though. It could have been timing or something else pressing, so I hope it was a one off...
Yes, Ashley is certainly a beautiful young woman. She kind of reminds me of Nancy Kerrigan with her looks and success later in her career like Kerrigan had. I think Ashley's personality sets her apart from the other girls. She's not afraid to tell it like it is.
However, I disagree that Americans value friendliness. You don't make it in the industry by being friendly. Americans want to see some attitude, maybe even some controversy along the way. That may not be a good thing, but that's how you make a name for yourself in the 21st century.