“I can’t even put into [words] how I feel right now!!” Andrews excitedly wrote on Instagram. “I couldn’t be more proud of how I skated in Canada. Thank you to all the support I’ve gotten even on the skates that weren’t my best. This is a dream come true.”
According to PopSugar, on Saturday (Oct. 29) Andrews performed a beautiful free skate to Belgian singer Lara Fabian’s rendition of “Je Suis Malade.” The California-native placed second with a total score of 191.26. Reportedly, she executed six triple jumps, including a double axel euler triple salchow.
“I think it’s a huge deal, to be a woman of color in figure skating,” Andrews told Team USA in regards to making history and diversifying the sport. “I’m so proud I could represent. [It makes] bringing home a medal even more special . . . I actually still feel like it’s a dream.”
She added: “I’ve gone into this year with a different mindset, trying to not be so caught up in my head. It helps a lot when I don’t think so much. It’s definitely paid off, even though my season didn’t start off so strong [at Nebelhorn Trophy in September]. I was still getting used to my programs.”
Per the outlet, the figure skater’s win follows a surgery she had last year to remove an extra nerve near her heart that was causing her anxiety and difficulty breathing.
Andrew first gained viral notoriety at 9 years old when her 2010 performance to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair,” went viral. She also made her mark as a sensational figure skater when she performed a creative set to Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” and “At Last” by Etta James at Skate America 2021.
Watch Andrews’s winning performance above.