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2 figure skaters from Illinois head to Olympics

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 6:42 am •  Published: January 13, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Illinoisans will represent the U.S. during figure skating competitions at the Olympic Games in Sochi (SOH'-chee).

Gracie Gold took first place in the weekend's U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the 18-year-old moved to the Springfield area in 2010 and studied briefly at Chatham Glenwood High School. She later moved to the Chicago suburbs to train full-time before heading to California to work with her current coaches.

Meanwhile, Highland Park native Jason Brown took second place in the men's competition. The 19-year-old from the Chicago suburbs finished behind Jeremy Abbott of Aspen, Colo.

The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 7.