Winter Games Athletes
At just seven years old, the kid with the ideal Olympic last name decided he wanted to become a professional snowboarder after watching the sport in the 2002 Winter Games. By the age of nine, Gold was already entering competitions and well on his way to becoming a force in the sport. Now 20, Gold has certainly opened some eyes in his first season with the U.S. Team after missing most of 2012 due to injury. He placed first at the USASA National Championships, second at the junior world championships, sixth at the Burton Canadian Open and eighth at the New Zealand World Cup. The son of a professional moguls skier, the rookie punched his ticket to Sochi with a third-place finish at the fourth halfpipe qualifier at the U.S. Grand Prix in January. According to Gold, one of the main motivators for his success is little sister Arielle, who was named to the women's halfpipe team. Arielle, meanwhile, says she was inspired by her brother when she started snowboarding - at the age of seven.