American teen Arielle Gold lived up to her name at the snowboarding worlds in Stoneham, Quebec over the weekend, taking home first place in the halfpipe in her first year on the senior circuit.
“We were all kind of struggling to stay smooth and keep our amplitude up,” Gold told the AP. “I tried a cab 900 in my second run to see if I could up my score, but I couldn’t put it together.”
Gold, 16, scored 79 points on her run to hold off Austria’s Holly Crawford (77.25) and France’s Sophie Rodriguez (72.50) who finished second and third.
However, the newly crowned world champ, who also currently sits first in the world halfpipe points ranking and 17th overall, is still somehow only an alternate for next week’s X-Games.
Looks like she still has some work to do proving herself before Sochi.
NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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