Figure skater and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics bronze medalist Gracie Gold has backed out of a prom date with a teenage suitor from Malibu, California, who asked her via a YouTube clip, and later in person during an awkward taping of an episode of NBC's Extra.
Malibu High School student Dyer Pettijohn, 17, compiled a video clip asking Gold, 18, to be his senior prom date, which he describes as the sort of "quintessential high school experience, that (she) was never able to have." The clip went relatively viral on YouTube, garnering over 275,000 views. While Gold was making an appearance on Extra, she was asked if she'd seen the video, only to have gentleman caller Pettijohn appear, holding a bouquet of flowers.
Gold agreed to go to the prom in Malibu, and told Pettijohn, "If it works out, I would love to."
Here is Pettijohn's initial YouTube peacockery:
Here is the clip from the Extra taping:
Gracie's twin sister Carly approves:
— Carly Gold (@CarlyCGold) February 26, 2014
Alas, it's been reported that due to her new gig with figure skating tour Stars On Ice, Gold was forced to cancel. Pettijohn claims to not be too let down, is keeping his options open, and commented, “She (Gold) was incredibly gracious and gave me tickets to see her show last Saturday in Anaheim. I talked to her after, and we’re still trying to meet up once her busy schedule permits.”
Gold will join Olympic gold medalist team Charlie White and Maryl Davis, as well as Ashley Wagner and Jason Brown during her Stars on Ice appearance on May 16.
— Stars on Ice (@starsonice) May 10, 2014
According to the Malibu High School newspaper The MHS Current, Gold is disappointed about not being able to attend Pettijohn's prom, and told Access Hollywood, “I want to say yes, but logistically it might be no.” Pettijohn commented, “It’s truly brilliant how they (Olympians) are able to balance their rigor of training with entertaining their fans and family. This experience has been absolutely amazing and hopefully my relationship with Ms. Gold will continue for years to come.”
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