STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - In just 6 months the world's best winter athletes will be in Sochi Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Among them will be athletes coming off second place finishes with something to prove. One is Arielle Gold from Steamboat Springs.
Growing up on the mountain ranch lands around Steamboat Springs, Gold has been wearing cowboy boots and riding horses almost as soon as she could walk.
She took every chance she could to get on her horse and barrel racing along with way.
"I used to contest on horses all the time; I still do, do barrel races occasionally," Gold said.
It's one way she's made a name for herself around Steamboat, the other has been on the snow. When she isn't on a horse she's on a snowboard. Gold has been riding since the age of 7, after watching her older brother Taylor, who's also on the U.S. Snowboard team.
In her second year on the team, Gold has been wining a lot. She's ranked 2nd, and last season took 6 podium finishes, earning gold at the World Championships. She's putting her name among the world's best as she looks to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.
"Competitions have gotten more intense for me in the past few years; it's been a little stressful," Gold said.
In the winter, she and her family move to Breckenridge to work out new tricks in the half pipe and focus on the season's big competition lineup.
"There aren't many snowboarders out there who ride horses or have anything to do with horses, I think," Gold said.
She's getting her head in the game for the 2014 Olympics by getting out under western skies to do what she has always done: enjoy the ride.
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