Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders notch top finishes in New Zealand

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— Several Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes registered top finishes at snowboarding competitions in snowy New Zealand.

At the Burton Global Open Series on Aug. 15, Arielle Gold was 14th, and Benji Farrow was sixth.

The field was stacked, with Kelly Clark winning the women’s event and Ryo Aono from Japan taking the men’s event.

“That’s stunning,” said Jon Casson, the Winter Sports Club’s snowboarding director. “It was probably about as strong a field as you get.”

At the FIS World Cup halfpipe event Sunday, the Winter Sports Club again registered top finishes.

Competing at Cardrona Resort, Farrow, Arielle and Taylor Gold all registered solid finishes.

Farrow finished 14th overall.

Arielle put together a solid run, placing eighth even though she was the youngest rider in the event. Taylor had the top score in the semifinals and finished eighth in the finals.

The Golds were the top U.S. finishers.

The team returned from New Zealand on Tuesday.

“The kids keep proving they are some of the best up-and-coming kids in the world,” Casson said. “It’s pretty cool all this hard work is paying off for them.”

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