KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – American snowboarder Arielle Gold will not compete in the Olympics after suffering an unspecified shoulder injury in training on Wednesday.
A U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association spokesman confirmed the 17-year-old would not compete in her qualification round.
Gold was training before her heat when she crashed in the halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
The first-time Olympian is considered a medal contender in the event after a breakout season last year. As a 16-year-old, she became the second-youngest rider to win the FIS World Snowboarding Championships and won bronze at her first X Games. She made the podium in six of 11 events.
Gold qualified for the team in part thanks to a second-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., in December.
She made the trip to Sochi with her brother, Taylor, who made the men's halfpipe team. Taylor Gold, 20, finished eighth in the semifinal on Tuesday.
"It's definitely a bummer to see Arielle get hurt, because she's such a strong rider. I would have loved to see there with us tonight," said U.S. teammate Kaitlyn Farrington, who advanced to the semifinals.
Contributing: Lindsay H. Jones