Arielle Gold and Luke Mitrani are $20,000 richer taking series crowns in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix plus U.S. Championship titles. (Getty Images-Doug Pensinger)
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 1) - FIS World Champion Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) and veteran Luke Mitrani (Mammoth Lakes, CA) took home season halfpipe titles as the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix came to a close at Park City. The riders each pocketed $20,000 from seres sponsor Sprint.
Luke Mitrani (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) were crowned Sprint U.S. Grand Prix season halfpipe champions following their podium finishes in the final Grand Prix halfpipe of the season in Park City.
Mitrani rode to third, Gold to second to clinch the stop spot in the series and with it U.S. Championship titles along with a $20,000 check from Sprint.
Mitrani, who had been second in Copper Mountain last month, took a 1,400-1,050 margin over Louie Vito (Sandy, UT).
Gold moved up from fifth in Copper to finish second in Park City.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix wraps up in early March at Canyons Resort with skicross and snowboardcross.
SPRINT U.S. GRAND PRIX FINAL HALFPIPE STANDINGS U.S. Championship - $20,000 cash prize to winners Men 1. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 1,400 2. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 1,050 3. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 1,000 4. Nathan Johnstone, Australia, 1,000 5. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 960
Women 1. Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, CO, 1,300 2. Kelly Clark, W. Dover, VT, 1,200 3. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 1,050 4. Jiayu Liu, China, 1,000 5. Torah Bright, Australia, 1,000
QUOTES Arielle Gold Winning the national champion award was such a treat and surprise. I wasn't expecting it and I am honored to be up there.