Front Range

To Russia, With Love

Meet Colorado’s Olympic hopefuls.

January 2014

With our hallowed mountains and thin air, Colorado breeds—or, at least, seriously trains—Olympic athletes. In fact, this year the state boasts more than a dozen athletes seeking spots on U.S. Olympic squads. We talked with six local hopefuls looking to head to Sochi next month with Team USA. Exclusive: Archiving Olympic Sports History Exclusive: Will Ice Climbing Be the Next Winter Olympic Sport? Exclusive: Meet More Colorado Athletes Hoping to Make Team USA


ArielleGoldHometown: Steamboat Springs, but trains in Breckenridge in the winter

Started Snowboarding: Age 7

Top Finish: 3rd in Snowboard
SuperPipe at X Games

Training Regimen: Ride from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for three days, then take a day off; in the gym five to six times per week

Preferred Mountain: Steamboat

Favorite (Other) Winter Olympic Sports to Watch: Luge, bobsled

Family Ties: “My brother [Taylor Gold, another Olympic contender] has been a huge influence. He’s the reason I started snowboarding in the first place. He’s always pushed me. And having that sibling bond on the road is like a little piece of home even when I’m across the world.”