Gold siblings move on to snowboarding finals at Copper |

Gold siblings move on to snowboarding finals at Copper

— The summer doesn’t seem to have sapped much from the Gold siblings when it comes to snowboarding.

Competing in the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix on Thursday in Copper Mountain, their first event of the year, both Taylor Gold and Arielle Gold flew through the preliminary round on to the finals.

Taylor Gold struggled through the summer with an ankle injury but looked like he hadn’t missed a beat Thursday. He landed both of his two runs cleanly and ended up with the top score in his heat, 91.25.

He was joined in qualifying from that heat by Benji Farrow, a rider who spent time training in Steamboat Springs.

Ben Ferguson landed the top scoring run overall, checking in at 94.50. Greg Bretz, Jake Pates and Brett Esser and Chase Josey, of the United States; Yiwei Zhang, of China; Janne Korpi, of Finland; and Taku Hiraoka, of Japan, all also qualified for Saturday’s finals.

Arielle Gold, meanwhile, had the second-best qualifying run among the women.

She finished with a score of 88.50, behind Kelly Clark at 93.00.

Arielle Gold will be joined by Queralt Castellet, of Spain; Xuetong Cai, of China; and Hannah Teter and Elena Hight, of the United States, in the finals, also set for Saturday.

Other Steamboat riders didn’t fare as well. Maddy Schaffrick finished 22nd and wasn’t able to put down a clean run. The same went for Matt Ladley on the men’s side, 21st in his heat.

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