Winter sports briefs: Gold makes Dew Tour finals |

Winter sports briefs: Gold makes Dew Tour finals

— Steamboat Springs Olympic snowboarder Arielle Gold was in fine form to start her season Wednesday, soaring to the top of the leaderboard in the preliminary round of the Dew Tour women’s superpipe snowboard competition in Breckenridge.

Gold laid down a solid first run, scoring a 78, good for fourth. She blew that away on her second, however, scoring 93.40. That set her atop the standings. China’s Xuetong Cai was second with a score of 89.60 and Chloe Kim third at 87.00. Maddie Mastro, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Zhifend Sun and Mirabelle Thovex rounded out the top eight, who advanced to Saturday’s finals.

The men competed Thursday in a preliminary round. That field will include defending champ Taylor Gold and fellow Steamboater Matt Ladley, as well as big snowboarding names such as Shaun White and Iouri Podladtchikov.

Results mixed for Nordic combined team

There was some good and some average for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Saturday and Sunday. The squad kicked off the season in Lillehammer, Norway, after the first events of the year, set for Ruka, Finland, were cancelled in inclement weather.

Bryan Fletcher helped lead the way, placing 11th in the first event. He was 30th a day later.

Taylor Fletcher, meanwhile, followed up a 26th-place showing with a strong day Sunday. He laid down the day’s fastest ski time to place 13th.

Adam Loomis was 42nd and 43rd, and Jasper Good was 51st and 49th.

As often has been the case in recent seasons, jumping held the team back. Bryan Fletcher jumped to 15th in the first competition, but the team had no other jumps place better than 42nd.

Most of the team returned to the United States, and several members will join other U.S. and Steamboat skiers in competing in a three-day Continental Cup event this weekend in Park City.

The World Cup resumes Dec. 19 in Austria.

Marno racks up World Cup finishes

They weren’t Anna Marno’s first World Cup starts, but last week, she did pick up her first World Cup finishes, three of them, in fact.

Marno, a Steamboat Springs Alpine ski racer on the U.S. Ski Team, was 45th in a downhill race Dec. 4, 42nd in another downhill a day later and 42nd again in a Sunday super G race.

“It was definitely good to get a couple more World Cup starts and be in that field and environment,” Marno said. “That being said, it left me wanting more and definitely thinking I can do a lot better.”

Teammate Lindsey Vonn dominated the events, winning all three.

Freestyle team loaded with locals

Five skiers with Steamboat Springs ties were named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski team this week ahead of the first World Cup competitions of the season.

Long-time Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Jeremy Cota topped the list, named to the A team. Ryan Dyer, Sophia Schwartz and Lane Stoltzner, meanwhile, were all listed on the C team.

World champion and two-time Olympian Pat Deneen, who spent several seasons working with a Winter Sports Club coach, was also named to the A team.

The U.S. Freestyle National Championships return to Steamboat Springs March 16 through 20.

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

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