Arielle Gold takes the win at Junior World Champs in Sierra Nevada, Spain. (Pepe Marin Zarza)
SIERRA NEVADA, Spain (March 27) – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club star Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) won her namesake with halfpipe victory Tuesday at the FIS Snowboarding Junior World Championships. It was the first win of the season for Gold, who took halfpipe silver at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics in January.
Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) won halfpipe gold at the FIS Snowboarding Junior World Championships in Sierra Nevada.
Gold's standout season also included silver at the Youth Olympics Games, and second at the U.S. Revolution Tour. Her winning run was a method to front 540 tail grab, front 720 to cab 720 nose grab.
With his first international contest under his belt, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Chase Josey (Hailey, ID) put down a clean run to take fourth and was one point shy of third place.
Kirby Kelly (Alqonquin, IL) of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club took sixth which was a huge improvement from her finish last season when she did not make semi-finals.
Next up at Junior World Championships are slopestyle finals on March 31.
QUOTES Arielle Gold This has been the best season of my life and it's pretty exciting to start moving up in the ranks! It’s cool to see that this can be a real lifestyle for me.
The competition today had a lot of really good riders. I had a bit of a run for my money. My second run was a victory lap, but I still tried to do big tricks [a 900] even though I didn’t land it. It’s been a great event, but I am looking forward to coming back to the U.S. I have had three trips overseas this season and I am really lucky.
Chase Josey It has been awesome being in Spain, it’s beautiful and the competition has been great. All the riders were really good and the quality of riding really came through in their runs. It was fun seeing everyone ride really well.
Obviously, I wanted to podium, but I still think fourth is a really good spot for me. I was nervous for my first run and I fell. For my second run I calmed my nerves and put together a much better run and stuck it.