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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.

I wouldn't say I was born fearless, and I am definitely not fearless now. I just think that the biggest part of our sport is having the ability to overcome fear. I believe that if you aren't scared while snowboarding, then you probably aren't pushing yourself hard enough.

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.

In the offseason, Gold likes to spend time in the pasture with her horses, Sparky and Bugs. She also enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her friends. 




4th, HP, Aspen, CO 2015

4th, HP, Aspen, CO 2014

Bronze, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013

Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013

World Snowboard Tour Rankings

2nd, HP, 2014

2nd, HP, 2013

14th, HP, 2012


Gold, HP, Stoneham, QC, 2013


Eight World Cup starts, six top ten finishes and two podiums.


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, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO 2015

4th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO 2014

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