It just seemed like a natural progression for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Arielle Gold.
She had earned a fourth-place finish at a Sprint U.S. Grand Prix event and silver at the Youth Olympic Games earlier this season.
But Gold saved her best for last.
The 15-year-old won the FIS Junior World Championship half-pipe event Tuesday in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
“This has been the best season of my life and pretty exciting to start moving up in the ranks,” Gold said. “It’s cool to see that this can be fun and a real lifestyle for me. Snowboarding can be my life.”
Gold’s first run gave her the win. She did a method to a front 540 tail grab. She then finished it with a front 720 to a cab 720 nose grab.
Teammate Kirby Kelly was sixth.
Jarryd Hughes was second in the snowboard cross event Saturday.
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