Thursday, January 19, 2012
Steamboat Springs Snowboard slope-style isn’t even Arielle Gold’s priority. But the 15-year-old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder proved that she is just as talented outside of the half-pipe as she inside of it.
Gold was second Thursday in the snowboard slope-style at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The silver medal was Gold’s second at the inaugural games; she won silver Sunday in the half-pipe.
“That’s rad for her,” said Winter Sports Club coach Ashley Berger, who coaches Gold. “She doesn’t really compete in (slope-style). She’s got the fundamental skills at slope, it’s just not where she puts her energy.”
After qualifying fourth with a score of 77.5, Gold’s final-run score of 71.75 points put her in second behind Canada’s Audrey McManiman.
Fellow American Ben Ferguson, who won gold in the men’s half-pipe, also was second in slope-style Thursday.
“After doing as well as I did in the pipe, I decided to go into the slope-style course with a mellow feel,” Gold said in a news release. “I felt very chill and focused on having fun and doing my best, which worked because I had a clean run and got all my grabs.”
The event was moved to Thursday because of heavy snow in Friday’s forecast. The slope-style event wraps up the inaugural Youth Olympic Games for Gold.
“I think it’s elevated her visibility in the industry,” Berger said. “She definitely attracted the attention of key folks in the industry. That will be good in the long run for support and opportunities. I’m sure it will be a fun homecoming for her.”
Also Thursday, Winter Sports Club member Lesley Wilson finished 10th in the ski cross qualifications at the Youth Olympic Games. Her finish was good enough to qualify for Friday’s quarterfinals.