Steamboat snowboarder Taylor Gold silences Burton US Open crowd with crash
Men’s Halfipe Finals
1. Taku Hiraoka, Burton, 90.99
2. Arthur Longo, Volcom, 84.99
3. Ayumu Hirano, Nike, 84.75
4. Jan Scherrer, Nike, 78.62
5. Iouri Podladtchikov, Monster, 73.25
6. Christian Haller, Burton, 67.87
7. Danny Davis, Burton, 62.12
8. Taylor Gold, Monster, 61.12
9. Ben Ferguson, Burton, 49.12
10. David Habluetzel, Burton, 24.87
A halfpipe repeat wasn’t in the cards for Steamboat Springs native and Breckenridge resident Taylor Gold Saturday at the 2015 Burton U.S. Open, but the 21-year-old showed he might be snowboarding’s toughest rider after a gut-wrenching crash. Gold brought the Vail Mountain crowd to a hush when he slammed his face on the deck of the 22-foot superpipe on the last hit of his first run. Medics immediately rushed to Gold, who was clutching his chest and hardly moving. After a few minutes on the ground, Gold got up to a cheer and slid the rest of the way down the pipe.
“I feel pretty good all things considered. I think I’m going to be pretty sore tomorrow,” he said shortly after the crash in an interview for the Burton webcast.
The Sochi Olympian then proceeded to drop for his second run, earning a brief hold on third place, before being bumped to eighth.
Gold had one more try on his third run but landed near the flat on his first jump and was unable to complete the rest of his tricks.
Japanese rider and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka took the top spot on the day, earning Burton’s $45,000 purse with second run that scored 90.9 and included two 1080s and a frontside 1260 tail grab.
“I’ve been idolizing this contest since I was little,” Hiraoka said through a translator after the event, “so being a winner here is really special for me.”
France’s Arthur Longo took second with an 84.99, and Hiroka’s teammate and Sochi silver medalist Ayumu Hirano finished third. Sochi gold medalist Iouri “iPod” Podladtchikov finished fifth.
X Games medalist Danny Davis was the top American finisher, one place ahead of Gold in seventh.
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