Young gun Arielle Gold has been snowboarding since she was seven years old, but she erupted in 2013, taking bronze at her X Games debut, winning World Championships and nabbing another bronze at X Games Tignes. (Getty Images/Richard Bord)
Ben Ferguson (pictured) qualified in third Thursday at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. Olympic gold medalists Shaun White and Kelly Clark took the top spots in the halfpipe qualifiers, which opened the Olympic qualification series for USA.
U.S. Snowboarding’s top riders will be preparing for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with a pair of on-snow training sessions at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Mt. Hood.
Despite the falling snow, Kelly Clark took her 62nd victory and the gold medal at the X Games Tignes women’s halfpipe on Wednesday.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 29 talented athletes who are currently competing at the 2013 FIS Junior World Snowboarding Championships March 3-10 at Erzurum, Turkey.
Kelly Clark and Shaun White took the halfpipe title at the Burton US Open Saturday.
Kelly Clark was leading after the first round of a FIS Snowboard World Cup in Sochi.
Arielle Gold led a USA sweep at the Burton European Open ahead of Kelly Clark and Ellery Hollingsworth.
Luke Mitrani and Arielle Gold were crowned series halfpipe champions in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
Shaun White led a USA sweep at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort.
Day one of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix snowboard qualifiers went off without a hitch at Park City Mountain Resort today and included an appearance by two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White.
Kelly Clark took gold leading a USA sweep with Elena Hight taking silver and Arielle Gold bronze.
A snowy Stoneham FIS Snowboard World Championships halfpipe finals saw 16 year-old Arielle Gold, U.S. Snowboard Rookie team athlete, to her first FIS World Champion title.
Olympians Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner, and Faye Gulini lead a team of 29 top ranked athletes named to the 2013 FIS World Snowboarding Championships Team.
Under clear skies and chilly temperatures, Luke Mitrani and Olympic champion Kelly Clark led the USA finishing second at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
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Steamboat Springs local and high school sophomore Arielle Gold came onto the scene hot in early 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 toughest competition.
It’s safe to say 2013 was a breakout year for young Arielle Gold, who took the podium at nearly every competition she entered. She might have struggled to get on the podium at the Grand Prix in Copper, but she went on to win the FIS World Snowboarding Championships the following week. After a lucky break at X Games Aspen, Gold was able to enter the competition as the first alternate. It’s a good thing she did, because she came in third behind her competitive peers…who are five to 13 years her senior. She continued along the same path, winning the Burton European Open and taking bronze at X Games Tignes to close out her exceptional season. Topping it off, her stellar results earned her a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding pro team. This rising star has quickly become a part of the next wave of female snowboarders set to take the top.
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