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Snowboarding World Champ Gold Exits Olympics After Fall

United States' Arielle Gold is assisted after injuring her hand after falling during the women's snowboard halfpipe warm-up, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
United States' Arielle Gold is assisted after injuring her hand after falling during the women's snowboard halfpipe warm-up, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Reuters
— World champion Arielle Gold missed the Olympic women's halfpipe competition at the Sochi Games on Wednesday after sustaining an injury from a fall in her warm-up.

U.S. snowboarding spokesman Nick Alexakos told reporters he did not know the extent of her injuries but said Gold would not compete.

Due to compete in the second qualifying heats at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the 17-year-old suffered a fall about 30 minutes before the competition started and announced her withdrawal after receiving medical attention.

It marks a disappointing end to the Olympics for the Gold family, with older brother Taylor failing to make the final of the men's halfpipe event on Tuesday.

America's halfpipe hopes now lie with 2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark, who won the first of two qualifying heats.

  • Taiwanese speedskater Sung Ching-yang warms up prior to the start of the men's 1000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Charline Labonte of Canada bats the puck away during the women's ice hockey game against the United States at Shayba Arena, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Young girls play on a warm day in the Olympic Plaza, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • A worker throws salt during the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Women sun themselves in 60-degree weather at the Olympic Park, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • A man walks out of the Black Sea with the Olympic Park seen in the background, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Australia's Holly Crawford competes in the women's snowboard half pipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, in Krasnaya Polyana, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • United States' Arielle Gold is assisted after injuring her hand in a crash during the women's snowboard halfpipe warm-up, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • A man leads the Olympic mascots to the cross-country portion of the Nordic combined,  Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Visitors walk inside the GUM department store decorated with Olympic rings in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.

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