KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - U.S. snowboarder Arielle Gold pulled out of the Olympic halfpipe contest Wednesday after injuring her shoulder in training, a few minutes before she was scheduled to compete.
The 17-year-old from Steamboat Springs was initially put on a stretcher, but then she walked off under her own power. Gold, the youngest member of the U.S. halfpipe team and the 2013 world champion, was expected to be a medal contender along with American teammates Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Kaitlyn Farrington.
Gold, 17, took bronze in the 2013 Winter X Games in the halfpipe and landed on the podium for almost every competition she was in throughout the year. Her skills and rankings paved her way to the U.S. Snowboarding team and she was recently featured on a cover of Sports Illustrated with Olympic teammate Mikaela Shiffrin.
Also in the Olympics, her brother, Taylor, finished 14th in the men's halfpipe contest.