Gold slips to fifth at world championships |

Gold slips to fifth at world championships

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Arielle Gold won’t be a two-time world champion, at least not this year.

Gold couldn’t quite lay down a clean halfpipe run Saturday competing at the World Snowboard Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Gold, who won a championship in 2013, qualified Friday for finals in second place, but she wasn’t ever as clean Saturday as she’d been the day before. She finished fifth, with a best-run score of 74.25.

Xuetong Cai, of China, won the event off the strength of her first run of the contest, which scored at 90.75.

Haruna Matsumoto, of Japan, was second and Clemence Grimal, of France, third.

The other U.S. competitor in finals, Maddie Mastro, placed sixth.

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