Even at the age of 17, Arielle Gold has some big names under her belt having won the 2013 World Championship Halfpipe competition before taking bronze in the Winter X-Games weeks later. In Sochi she’s a year older and better for it.
She’ll be looking for a medal to match her name as well as being driven on sibling rivalry – her older brother Taylor is the men’s Halfpipe team. Despite the huge media attention on the event Gold will remain unfazed having been a snowboarding star since childhood. Her composed style and huge airs could be enough to see nominative determinism win out.