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|The Cutting Edge:|
Going for the Gold
|Written by||Dan Berendsen|
|Directed by||Sean McNamara|
|Starring||Christy Carlson Romano|
Scott Thompson Baker
|Music by||John Coda|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Editor(s)||Jeff W. Canavan|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Production company(s)||First Family Entertainment|
Brookwell McNamara Entertainment
|Distributor||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment|
|Original network||ABC Family|
|Preceded by||The Cutting Edge|
|Followed by||The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream|
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold is a 2006 American romantic drama film and the sequel to the 1992 film The Cutting Edge. The film premiered on March 12, 2006 on ABC Family and released on DVD on March 28, 2006.
Jaclyn "Jackie" Dorsey, the daughter of Olympic Gold medalists Doug Dorsey and Kate Moseley from the original film, also enters the figure skating field, with ambitions of winning her own Olympic gold. However, a serious injury derails that ambition. After months of training, Jackie is finally ready to skate again but has trouble keeping up with the rigorous demands of singles skating. Her parents send her on a vacation to Los Angeles, where she meets surfer boy/in-line skater Alex Harrison. Sparks fly between the two, but when Jackie sees how glamorous Alex's life as a pro in-line skater really is after finding out he works as a valet at her hotel, she brushes him off. This makes Alex mad, so when Jackie shows up at the beach, where they were supposed to meet for a date, and makes a half-hearted apology, the irritated Alex picks a fight and the two go fuming their separate ways.
In the meantime, Jackie realizes that, considering the circumstances, pairs skating will give her a better chance at Olympic gold. After many unsuccessful interviews with prospective partners, she becomes frustrated. Then, after Alex Harrison sees Jackie on TV, discussing her search for a partner, he shows up for an interview. Even though Alex has no experience and has trained for only a short time, he shows remarkable natural talent.
However, Jackie feels that Alex is lazy and unreliable. Inevitably, the two lock horns. They fight so constantly that Jackie's mother locks them together with a harness, forcing them to do everything together. After that, Jackie and Alex start to get along, and their attraction grows. But then, Alex's old girlfriend Heidi shows up and jeopardizes Alex and Jackie's chance at gold. After a blowout fight at regionals, Alex leaves. Jackie convinces him to return, but also learns that Heidi and Alex are engaged. Alex and Jackie train for the Olympics, which will be held in Torino, Italy. Later, while in Torino, Heidi lets it slip that they are getting married immediately after the closing ceremonies and that Alex will be hanging up his skates for good. This causes friction between Jackie and Alex, resulting in a passionless short program, and they end up in fourth place.
Jackie then reveals to her father that she still loves Alex, and her father convinces her to talk to him. Jackie goes to Alex's room and pours her heart out to someone that she thinks is Alex, but that person is actually Heidi. After hearing Jackie’s confession of love, Heidi locks the door and Jackie takes off. When Alex discovers what Heidi has done, he goes after her. Heidi tells him that if he leaves, she will not be there when he returns. He leaves anyway. Jackie refuses to talk to Alex, but right after their program begins, Alex tells Jackie that he is in love with her and that he wants to be with her for the rest of his life. Their long program is flawless and includes a move that has never been done before. In the final shot, Alex and Jackie are seen kissing.
- Christy Carlson Romano as Jaclyn Dorsey
- Ross Thomas as Alex Harrison
- Stepfanie Kramer as Kate Moseley-Dorsey
- Scott Thompson Baker as Doug Dorsey
- Kim Kindrick as Heidi Clements
- Oksana Baiul (a former world champion) as a commentator.
- The film's director, Sean McNamara, as a guest waiting for his car. (Wearing an orange shirt in the scene just before Jackie and Alex have their first kiss.)
- Michael Kuluva as a figure skater trying out to be Jackie's pair partner.
While the first film—starring Moira Kelly and D. B. Sweeney—was itself set in 1988 to 1992, the second film is clearly set during the run up to the 2006 Winter Olympics. This would make Jackie—played by then 21-year-old Romano–only 14 years old.
In an example of retroactive continuity, Going for the Gold is based on the assumption that the first film has been moved from 1992 to 1984. This was confirmed in an interview with Stepfanie Kramer, included on the DVD release of the first film. In the interview, Kramer says that the second film takes place more than 20 years after the events of the original.