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Golds qualify for finals at U.S. Open

— Being the reigning champion at the Burton U.S. Open men’s half-pipe snowboarding event didn’t add any reassurance for Taylor Gold Thursday as he tried to make it into the 10-rider finals in Vail.

After a weak first run, he was well back in the pack, and, as the reigning champ, he was the last to ride on his second run, waiting and waiting as nearly three dozen riders went down before him.

“I wasn’t really keeping it together,” he said in a interview after the event. “I was kind of freaking out.”

He may have been nervous, but he was also sharp, and a clean second run catapulted him up to second place and into Saturday’s men’s final.

“I’m really happy it worked out, and I was able to land that run,” he said.

He was scored 87.0, behind Ben Ferguson’s 89.2.

Matt Ladley just missed finals, finishing 12th at 75.12.

On the women’s side, Arielle Gold easily made it into finals, finishing third with a score of 73.87. Chloe Kim was the top qualifier at 87.62, and Kelly Clark, 84.75, was second.

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