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Arielle Gold: Horrible crash ends American snowboarder's Olympic dreams early

Arielle Gold's horrific crash in practice has ended her Olympic hopes this year.
Sergei Grits

Arielle Gold wanted nothing more than to make her debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The American snowboarder was hoping to medal in the women's halfpipe, but she never got the chance to compete. The 17-year-old ended up getting injured in practice for the qualifying round when she took a hard crash.

Gold was doing a practice run at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park when she fell hard and tumbled along in the snow of the halfpipe. It was one of the more punishing-looking falls of the Sochi Games so far and she ended up with a separated shoulder.

SEE: 10 worst crashes, falls of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi so far

Unfortunately, the injury knocked Arielle Gold out of the competition and she couldn't yet go after the medal that matches her name. This ended Gold's Olympic dreams before they even really got started.

Making matters even more frightening for the family is that Arielle Gold's parents were watching their daughter's practice run when her body twisted as she fell.

Earlier in the week, Gold's 21-year-old brother Taylor also fell, but during his semi-final run in the men's halfpipe competition. He didn't suffer as serious an injury as Arielle Gold, but it stopped him from going forward to the finals.

Medals at the Sochi Olympics may not be in the cards for Arielle or Taylor Gold, but these young siblings have many more chances ahead of them.

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