Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Arielle Gold won the first medal for the United States at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games on Sunday.
Gold, 15, won a silver medal in the halfpipe event in Innsbruck, Austria. Japan’s Hikaru Ohe won the gold.
Gold’s silver-medal run was a backside air, frontside 540 stale grab, backside air tail grab, frontside 720, cab 720, frontside 360 and a cab 540.
“I was planning a more mellow first run, but when I saw some of the other athletes going big, I decided to step it up,” Gold said in a news release. “I threw a frontside 900, which is the best trick I have. I didn’t land it as well as I wanted. But I think my best trick on the run was my first hit — a straight air method. It’s been such a great experience here, and I have met a lot of cool people.”
On the men’s side, teammate Ben Ferguson won gold in the halfpipe.
Gold will next compete in the slopestyle qualifications Thursday. If she makes the finals, she will compete again on Friday.
“It was an incredible day with all three medalists doing tricks and performing at a level they have never reached before,” U.S. Snowboarding coach Spencer Tamblyn said. “They all killed it and waved the flag high.”