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Steamboat athletes pack U.S. Snowboarding Team

Matt Ladley, left, was second and Taylor Gold third at the 2017 X Games men's snowboard superpipe podium. Both are on the 2017-18 U.S. Snowboarding Team.

— The U.S. Snowboard Team is loaded up with Steamboat Springs athletes as the program heads toward the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Six athletes who have lived and trained in Steamboat Springs made the team, which was released this week.

The list includes some of Steamboat’s most accomplished athletes. Matt Ladley’s there on the halfpipe pro team after winning X Games Aspen superpipe gold in 2016 and silver in 2017.

Taylor Gold’s on the team, as well. Gold returned from a knee injury this winter and earned bronze at X Games Aspen.

Arielle Gold is there, too. Gold’s placed as high as second at X Games Aspen, in 2016, and won a bronze medal in that event in 2013, as well.

She’ll be aiming for her second Olympics this season, along with her brother, Taylor Gold.

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Nik Baden’s on the U.S. Slopestyle pro team and will be fighting to make his first Olympic team. Mick Dierdorff is on the men’s snowboard cross B team, while Rosie Mancari is on the women’s B team.

A total of 52 athletes were named to teams at different levels and in different snowboarding disciplines. There were no Alpine snowboard racing athletes included on 2017-18 team.

The qualifying process for the Winter Olympics will mostly take place early in the coming winter. Four events will be used to determine the U.S. Olympic Team, though they haven’t been officially announced yet.

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