The hometown of many a winter sports prodigy, Steamboat Springs has produced another professional snowboarder in Taylor Gold. With the ideal Olympic last name, Gold's solid foundation landed him a spot on the 2011 FIS World Championships team in Spain. Add to that his silver medal in halfpipe at the Junior World Championships at the end of the season and it’s clear why Gold is now a member of the U.S. Snowboarding rookie squad. After a solid start, Gold was sidelined by injuries for most of 2012. Sure enough, 2013 went very well for this rookie, as he earned an invite to Euro Winter X Games. Additionally, his win at the U.S. Revolution Tour led him to the Burton U.S. Open, where he placed sixth among a deep field of talented riders. Gold, who now focuses solely on halfpipe, used to compete in slopestyle, too.
- 2013 U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO - 1st
- 2013 Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO - 3rd
- 2013 U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, Utah - 11th
- 2013 World Snowboard Championships, Stoneham, Quebec, Canada - 20th
- 2013 U.S. Revolution Tour, Seven Springs, PA - 1st
- 2011 Junior World Championships, Valmalenco, Italy - Silver
- 2011 U.S. Revolution Tour, Mount Hood, OR - 1st
Things To Know:
1. Gold decided to become a competitive snowboarder when he was seven, after seeing the sport during the 2002 Olympics.
2. Off the snow, Gold loves to skateboard and play guitar.
3. His sister, Arielle, who's three years younger, is a member of the women's halfpipe team and grew up riding horses.