U.S. snowboarder Arielle Gold unable to compete in halfpipe after training crash


Arielle Gold, who was slated to take part in today’s women’s snowboard halfpipe competition, was instead knocked out of the event after a training crash before this morning’s qualifying round.

Her older brother and fellow U.S. rider, Taylor Gold, said on Twitter that she suffered a dislocated shoulder in the incident.

Arielle, 17, is making her Olympic debut in Sochi as the youngest of the U.S. halfpipe snowboarders. She is the 2013 world champion and was considered a medal contender for the Americans alongside gold medal threat Kelly Clark.

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A course worker helps Arielle Gold (left) after her training crash on Wednesday morning before snowboard halfpipe qualifying. Photo: Getty Images
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Gold’s incident took place just prior to her qualifying heat. Photo: Getty Images