Golds again great: Taylor wins Dew Tour, Arielle gets 3rd
December 13, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Taylor Gold said he's still surprised every time.
Everyone else is getting a bit used to it.
Gold, a Steamboat Springs snowboarder, landed atop the podium again. That makes four wins in his last four competitions, dating back to two big victories to close out last season.
On Saturday, it was one of the biggest victories he's had — second, as he ranks them. He laid down a sparkling run at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge to come away as the champion.
"This is huge," he said. "I'm so unbelievably happy to have come away with the win. This was my fourth in a row, so hopefully I keep that streak going. Every time it happens, I've been surprised."
Another regular happening when it comes to the Golds: again, both made the podium.
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Taylor won the men's super-pipe in final hours after his sister Arielle flew to a third-place finish in the women's event.
Arielle Gold was third in a tight competition. She scored 90.50. Chloe Kim was second with a score of 95.00, and Kelly Clark won at 95.50.
Taylor finished with a top score of 90.50, ahead of second-place Yiwei Zhang, in at 88.75, and Scotty James, third at 88.25.
The result capped a wild up-and-down week for Taylor in Breckenridge. Last Saturday, he won the U.S. Grand Prix half-pipe event at Copper Mountain, but he only barely scraped by while trying to qualify for the finals Thursday at the Dew Tour.
He didn't score high enough on his first two runs — clean trips but apparently not to the judge's liking. He didn't make the cut for finals but did get one more chance to ride with nine others in a last-chance qualifier event. The best two in that one-run format moved on.
Taylor busted out harder tricks to make sure he got in. He did, barely as the 12th rider of 12. On Saturday, he took advantage. He was the first rider of the event, and he stomped his first run cleanly, setting the bar so high no one challenged it.
He critiqued it as not quite perfect afterward, but he was able to watch the other 11 riders try and try again to knock him off.
Some came close. Steamboat's Matt Ladley put together two strong runs and his best scored him at 83.75 and put him in sixth place.
Still, none quite caught Taylor.
"It's really exciting," he said. "To be the first one to put down a run and for the score to be good is awesome. It can be pretty nerve wracking waiting, but I was already happy with what I did."
Now Steamboat's elite snowboarders are due for a break. The next competition on the calendar is the X Games in January in Aspen.