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Going for Arielle Gold at Sochi 2014

Going for Arielle Gold at Sochi 2014

15/02/2013

Last week, we showcased Swiss freestyle skier Kai Mahler in our exclusive video celebrating One Year to Go to Sochi 2014. But Kai isn’t the only YOG athlete hanging out with the likes of world ski half-pipe champion and YOG Ambassador Kevin Rolland.

Last week, we showcased Swiss freestyle skier Kai Mahler in our exclusive video celebrating One Year to Go to Sochi 2014.

But Kai isn’t the only YOG athlete hanging out with the likes of world ski half-pipe champion and YOG Ambassador Kevin Rolland.

Last month, at the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Canada, 16-year-old US snowboarder Arielle Gold – who won two silver medals at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games - not only competed against legends such as Australian veteran and two-time Olympian Holly Crawford, she beat them!

With a name like Arielle Gold, it’s easy to get carried away with thoughts of fairytale endings at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, but this teenager is staying level-headed.

“It’s always in the back of my head,” she said of making the US team for Sochi 2014. “But I’m just trying to focus on each individual contest rather than thinking that far ahead in the future. I’m just focusing on the present and doing the best I can.”

But taking just a moment to look back, Arielle says the Youth Olympic Games were an experience like no other, and calls them a “mellower version of the Olympic Games.”

“It was really cool to get to go and stay not only with athletes in my sport, but athletes from other winter sports,” she said: “It was cool getting to meet all of them and learning about their sports, because you don’t really see anything from other sports (when competing in snowboard) … like luge and things like that that I didn’t know anything about.”

For the full story visit the Team USA website here.

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