A rock solid rider, Arielle Gold had another year full of high-profile podiums, which earned her a spot on her first US Olympic team. (Getty Images/Harry How)
Thursday marked the end of successful qualifiers for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, with eight Americans grabbing spots for the Sprint snowboard halfpipe finals on Sunday.
The final stop on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix tour will take place Feb. 25- Mar.1 at Park City Mountain Resort.
Taylor Gold and Kelly Clark won for the second week in a row, taking Dew Tour halfpipe a week after winning the opening Sprint U.S. Grand Prix
American halfpipe riders dominated an international field during the halfpipe snowboarding qualifiers at the 2014-15 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, CO.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with U.S. Snowboarding standout Arielle Gold to get her thoughts on the importance of good sportsmanship.
Team USA athlete Kaitlyn Farrington earned the halfpipe snowboarding gold medal while teammate Kelly Clark took bronze Wednesday night during a fierce firefight in the Rosa Khutor halfpipe.
Jaime Anderson and Arielle Gold have landed a spot in history by landing a cover shot on the 2014 Olympic Preview issue for Sports Illustrated.
Three-time Olympian Kelly Clark secured her fourth-straight X Games gold medal in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final Saturday night, just two weeks ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Olympic champions Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter led 13 halfpipe and slopestyle athletes nominated to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team.
Kaitlyn Farrington clinched her spot on the Olympic halfpipe snowboarding team Sunday with her bold victory at the final event of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, while Arielle Gold also secured her Sochi spot in sixth.
Scotty Lago, Shaun White and rookie Taylor Gold on the podium after the fourth halfpipe qualifier at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, where Gold punched a ticket to Sochi with his third-place finish Friday.
How will the athletes of the USSA be celebrating the holidays this year? Some, including the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, will be preparing for Olympic Trials. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark mathematically clinched her spot on the 2014 Olympic halfpipe snowboarding team Saturday with her win at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper. Clark led a U.S. sweep with Arielle Gold and Gretchen Bleiler.
Kelly Clark edged a little closer to her fourth Olympic Winter Games Saturday when she placed second in the halfpipe snowboarding finals and became the top U.S. finisher in the first Olympic qualifier at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships.
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Steamboat Springs local Arielle Gold may be a relative newbie to the snowboarding scene, but she’s made a big impact in a few short years. Early in 2012, at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Gold erupted with silver medals in slopestyle and halfpipe. Not long after, she upgraded to gold in halfpipe at the FIS Junior World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. She then closed the season with a couple fourth-place finishes in halfpipe at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth and the Burton U.S. Open, competing alongside the world’s best riders.
The 2013 season was Gold’s breakout year, as she consistently pulled out top results, including gold at the FIS World Snowboarding Championships and bronze at her first-ever X Games in Aspen, where she was originally invited as an alternate. She continued her upward progression with a win at the 2013 Burton European Open and then bronze at X Games Tignes.
Gold came into the 2013-14 season as a strong contender to make the U.S. Olympic team. She all but clinched her ticket to Sochi with a second-place finish at the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, which she followed up with a fourth at the Breckenridge Dew Tour stop. She officially earned a spot on her first Olympic team in January at Mammoth Mountain. She then went straight to Aspen to pin down a fourth-place finish at X Games.
Gold’s Olympic experience proved to be bittersweet when she dislocated her shoulder during pre-qualification practice, just moments before she was set to drop. The injury forced her to withdraw from the 2014 Sochi Games as well as sit out the rest of the season, but you can be sure this young shredder will be back with a vengeance next season.
FIRST TRACKS She began shredding on skis first, learning the ropes from her parents at age three at Steamboat Springs. But Gold looked up to her older brother Taylor, and he inspired her to try snowboarding when she was seven. “Taylor made it look like so much fun,” she says.
OFF THE SNOW
4th, HP, Aspen, CO 2015
4th, HP, Aspen, CO 2014
Bronze, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
2nd, HP, 2014
2nd, HP, 2013
14th, HP, 2012
Gold, HP, Stoneham, QC, 2013
Ten World Cup starts, four podiums.
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2015
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2013
4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
3rd, HP, Burton US Open, Vail, CO, 2015
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO 2014
4th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO 2013
1st, HP, Burton European Open, Laax, SUI, 2013
3rd, HP, Burton US Open, Vail, CO, 2013
4th, HP, Burton US Open, Stratton Mountain, VT, 2012
Gold, HP, FIS World Junior Championships, Sierra Nevada, SPA, 2012
Silver, HP, Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck, AUT, 2012
Silver, SS, Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck, AUT, 2012
2nd, HP, U.S. Revolution Tour, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
6th, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012