January 20, 2013
Steamboat Springs snowboarder Arielle Gold celebrates after she won the FIS Snowboard World Championship half-pipe competition in Stoneham, Quebec.
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The 16-year-old phenom won her first major tour stop win Friday in Switzerland, topping fellow American and Olympic champion Kelly Clark.
Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley was fifth in qualifications at the X Games. Snowboarders Maddy Schaffrick and Arielle Gold take to the pipe Saturday.
Gold simplified her run to deal with the conditions, then hit it perfectly, setting her atop the FIS Snowboard World Championship half-pipe competition in Stoneham, Quebec.