Taylor Gold’s Background:
Taylor Gold was determined to become a competitive snowboarder when he watched the Winter Olympics on TV in 2002. He was 7 years old.
Taylor Gold grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Hw was not only on the slopes, but also on the competitive snowboarding circuit, at just 9 years old. From the day he started riding, he was a part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which laid the foundation for his journey to snowboard greatness.
After a series of solid competition placements, Gold made it onto the 2011 FIS World Championships team. The very same season, he took home a silver medal in the Junior World Championships halfpipe competition. And, while Gold excels in his main discipline (halfpipe), his slopestyle skills aren’t far behind.
After a killer year in 2011, Taylor Gold had to take a break from competition due to injury, but it was a setback that didn’t last long. In 2013, Gold made it to his first Winter X Games in Tignes, France, and also competed on the U.S. Revolution Tour. He took 12th place at the X Games, but his halfpipe win on the Revolution Tour led him to an invite and incredible finish at the Burton U.S. Open where he took sixth.
The 2013 snowboard season finished with a bang including a second place finish at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, but the most incredible victory of his up-and-coming career came in the beginning of 2014.
On Jan. 17, 2014, Gold took third place at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, which was the fourth Olympic halfpipe qualifying competition. This win solidified his place in the halfpipe competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Taylor Gold Quick Facts:
Hometown:Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Birthday:November 17, 1993
Resides:Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Height/Weight:5’7”, 140 pounds
USASA, Steamboat Ski Resort, Burton, Oakley, Powdertools Shop
Taylor Gold Career Highlights:
While Taylor Gold’s biggest career highlight may be his qualification for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2014. That said, he’s not running short on other accomplishments. In 2009, Gold took home his first U.S. Revolution Tour Gold in Mount Hood. After that, gold medals seemed to pour in. In 2010, he won a Burton AM Series competition and took second at the USASA National Championships.
The next season yeilded even more accomplishments starting with another first place finish on the U.S. Revolution Tour and a gold medal at the USASA National Championships. And although Gold was out for most of 2012, the following year brought another second place finish at the USASA National Championships, third place at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, and a first place finish at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.
Gold solidified himself as one of halfpipe’s greatest competitors when he stood on the podium at the 2014 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and guaranteed his spot on the 2014 Winter Olympic Roster.
Taylor Gold Off the Mountain
Although Taylor Gold doesn’t spend much time off the mountain, he likes to skateboard and play guitar when he’s not shredding up the halfpipe. He hits the gym 4-6 times a week in the off-season to stay in shape for the demanding winters of competitive snowboarding.
Taylor Gold Contest Results:
Winter X Games:
12th, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Tignes, France, 2013
Other Notable Placements:
2nd, Halfpipe, Junior World Championships, 2011
1st, Halfpipe, U.S. Revolution Tour, 2011
2nd, Halfpipe, USASA Nationals, 2013
6th, Halfpipe, Burton U.S. Open, 2013
9th, Halfpipe, Burton European Open, 2013
1st, Halfpipe, U.S. Revolution Tour/U.S. Open Qualifiers, 2013
- 3rd, Halfpipe, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix/Olympic Qualifiers, 2014