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The Inside Edge: Dauntless on the red carpet

Wagner, Brown, Gold attend 'Divergent' premiere; Miner back on track
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Bobsledder Aja Evans (left) and skaters Gracie Gold (center), Jason Brown and Carly Gold (right) pose with 'Divergent' superstar Shailene Woodley. -Charley C. Walters

Red carpet

Ashley Wagner, Jason Brown, Gracie Gold and her twin sister, Carly, got all glammed up and went to the premiere of Divergent on March 18 at the Westwood Regency Village Theater in Hollywood.

"We got invited by someone we worked with in Sochi," Brown told us over the phone afterward. "They have this thing called Gold Meets Golden, where they invite Olympians to meet the stars. It was so cool!"

Wagner wore a daring black Shakuhachi dress with a strappy lingeresque top, and Gold dressed in a "Dauntless" black Allison Paris. Brown wore a brand new Hugo Boss suit his mother helped him pick out just before the event.

"I hadn't had a new suit since my bar mitzvah," he admitted.

On the "red" (actually black) carpet, the skaters met the movie's stars, Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q, as well as Will Smith's actor son, Jaden, whose rainbow hat they all admired.

"Maggie Q said she watched every second of my performances, that she was glued to the TV!" Gold emailed. "In the theater, she stopped by my seat to give me a hug and she hoped I really enjoyed the movie. I love Maggie Q, so that was really cool." 

"It was of those things ... how in the world is this happening?" Brown said. "It's not something I ever dreamed about because I never imagined it happening. We got out of the car and people were screaming 'Gracie, Gracie' and 'Jason, Jason!' It was so crazy; I was shaking the whole time."

Bobsledder Aja Evans, speed skater Eddy Alvarez and skier Nick Goepper also showed off their medals to the movie stars, and the skaters got to meet the book's author, Veronica Roth, too.

While in Los Angeles, Brown trained at the Toyota Center with Gold. He said that all of the skaters on the Olympic team had bonded during their three-week stay in Russia.

"The fact that it was three weeks, sharing this experience that's so rare, you really understand each other," he said. "We're all so close."

Show time

In a few days, the momentous 2013-14 season will be over, and we'll be into the spring show season! Newly minted Olympic medalists Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir join Yasmin Siraj, Kiri Baga, Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus in "Ice Chips" April 5-6 at Agganis Arena in Boston. See for more info.

Ross Miner will also star in the show, shortly after he gets back from competing in the Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy. Miner says he views the competition more like the first of next season than the last of this one.

"I'm looking more towards next season," he said by phone Sunday. "I'm having a lot more fun at the rink and skating better."

Miner's season was hampered by a sprained right ankle he suffered in December. The injury isn't completely healed, but the ankle is improving.

"It's much, much better, and I've gotten a chance to train," he said. "I'd like to take a week at the end of this year to not jump. Maybe while I'm getting choreography."

After a disappointing season, Miner has rekindled his love for skating in the past two months; he's also taking a law and psychology course at the Harvard Extension School.

"I had a lot more fun, and I started coaching some, and I started taking some classes," he said. "I was enjoying skating for skating again; it was fun to be at the rink. I'm having a really good time skating right now, and I definitely want to be competing at 2016 worlds in Boston, for sure. I just want to keep enjoying skating, and while I'm doing that, I want to keep going."

More shows

Also on April 5, U.S. junior silver medalist Jordan Moeller presents the third annual "One Skate at a Time" benefit for One Step at a Time, a camp for kids with cancer. The show is at the Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood, Ill. See here for details.

Along with Moeller, Ashley Cain, Amber Glenn, Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber, Jimmy Ma, Olivia Oltmanns and Josh Santillan will star in the show, which Moeller started because his freshman algebra teacher's niece had attended the camp. He has organized all three annual shows himself.

"I'm trying to see if I can put together a group number, but I don't know if we'll have time," Moeller said. "There wasn't a quota of how much [money] I would have wanted to raise; I'm just honored to be able to keep doing this."

Moeller has been taking a few days off following the world junior championships, where he finished ninth.

"It was an incredible experience," he said. "I feel like I skated really well. The short program was the best I've ever done, the triple axel was the first I've done in competition. I was like, 'Yay I hit it!' And then I was like, 'I still have two minutes left!' I was happy with the top ten finish, that was the goal, it was a great feeling."

Moeller enjoyed spending time with his teammates and meeting some of his competitors.

"It was a fun team; we all got along really well together," he said. "We hung out with some of the Canadians, too, and were able to make some new friendships. My favorite thing is getting to meet kids from different countries."

And also on April 5, in Peterborough, Ontario, 1988 Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley and her husband, Brent Theobald, are producing a show benefiting Community Living for people with intellectual disabilities. Randy Gardner is directing and choreographing the show, which stars Manley, Elvis Stojko, Yuka Sato, Steven Cousins, Elladj Baldé, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch.

"We are very excited to help raise funding for Community Living's 'Home of Our Own' campaign," Manley said. 

Ticket information here.


Finally, congratulations to Emily Samuelson, who is engaged to be married to businessman Dave Priskorn.

"We met about three years ago through mutual friends Ben Okolski, Colin Loomis and Kaitlin Loomis (previously Kaitlin Miller)," Samuelson told us in an email. "He's not a skater himself, though. We haven't figured out dates or details yet besides knowing we'd like to get married next year sometime -- those details will most likely be worked out in the coming weeks."

Best wishes to the happy couple, and good luck to everyone competing at worlds!
Sarah and Drew
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