SEOUL — American snowboarder Arielle Gold, 21, earned a bronze medal in the women’s halfpipe contest at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Feb. 13.
Gold, who is Jewish and from Steamboat Springs, finished third behind US teammate Chloe Kim, 17, who took the gold, and silver medalist Jiayu Liu of China.
Gold reportedly had considered retiring after dislocating her right shoulder while training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was not able to compete four years ago, though her older brother, Taylor, did.
In South Korea, Gold performed the demanding 1080 trick involving three rotations. Half the competitors attempted the move.
“I think that Steamboat is proud to have so many Olympians here, but to be able to bring home a medal to the town that has given me so much is amazing,” Gold told the Denver Post.
“It’s not even the results. It’s just like the whole experience, the whole process has been so much more enjoyable for me.”
Gold is studying veterinary medicine at CU Boulder.