Baden, Gold advance in Dew Tour while Ladley sidelined by injury
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Nik Baden, in men’s snowboard slopestyle, and Arielle Gold, in women’s snowboard halfpipe, both pushed into finals on Wednesday and Thursday at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge.
The event is the second of four Olympic qualifiers.
Baden, competing Wednesday, logged a score of 70.66 to place 11th in the qualifying round. The top 12 advanced to the finals, set for Saturday morning.
Norway’s Stale Sandbech qualified first with a score of 90.33. U.S. rider Red Gerard was second at 80.66, and Mons Roisland, another Norwegian, was third at 78.33.
Gold laid down a solid run in her qualifying event on Thursday, scoring at 85.66. That was only good enough for seventh, but it was enough to send her to Friday’s finals.
Chloe Kim won the day with a score of 93.33. Maddie Mastro was second at 91.66 and Kelly Clark third at 89.00. Elena Hight was the fourth U.S. finisher, placing fourth at 88.33.
Mirabelle Thovex of France, Spain’s Queralt Castellet and U.S. rider Hannah Teter also advanced to finals.
Steamboat’s two men who had a shot at making the snowboard halfpipe Olympic team both now are likely to miss that opportunity because of injuries.
Taylor Gold announced last week injuries were forcing him to take the season off.
Matt Ladley confirmed Thursday a lingering hip injury, aggravated last week at the season’s first Olympic qualifier in Copper Mountain, kept him out of the Dew Tour. He said it may keep him from competing in January’s final two qualifiers, as well, though he’s not ready to rule himself out yet.
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