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Steamboat riders out at U.S. Open

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— The U.S. Open has been kind to Steamboat Springs snowboarders in the past.

Taylor Gold’s a former champ, and both Arielle Gold and Matt Ladley have posted high results there.

They won’t get the chance this year.

Competing at the annual Burton-sponsored event in Vail, all three riders failed to crack through Thursday’s semifinals competition.

On the women’s side, Arielle Gold came up eighth, two spots shy of making the six-rider field for Saturday’s finals. Her best run was scored at 64.00. Japan’s Sena Tomita locked up the last spot with a 67.50.

Chloe Kim came out with the round’s top score, 79.62. She’ll be joined in the finals by Maddie Mastro, second at 78.62, Kelly Clark, 77.62, Haruna Matasumoto, 74.99, Elena Hight, 72.37, and Tomita.

On the men’s side, Ladley, who placed second at X Games Aspen last month, was 13th with a score of 64.12. Taylor Gold wasn’t far behind, placing 15th at 62.87.

Neither were far off the mark. The last qualifying score was 67.00.

The top 10 riders made the men’s finals. Scotty James, this year’s X Games champ, was on top Thursday with a score of 84.74. Shaun White was second at 84.49. Ayumu Hirano, Pat Burgener, Raibu Katayama, Jake Pates, Louri Podladtchikov, David Habluetzel, Chase Josey and Danny Davis all made the cut.

Steamboat slopestyle specialist Nik Baden also won’t be competing this weekend. He was in Vail but woke up sick Wednesday and had to skip the slopestyle semifinals.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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