Arielle Gold holds up the American flag after winning a world championships in 2013. Gold will compete again at that event again this week in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Arielle Gold holds up the American flag after winning a world championships in 2013. Gold will compete again at that event again this week in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Courtesy |

More athletes headed to World Championships

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— Steamboat Springs-connected skiers and snowboarders competing at the World Championships won’t have to look far to find a friendly hometown face.

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association announced the freeskiing and snowboarding teams on Tuesday for the looming World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, and it was loaded with Steamboat Springs athletes.

The lists added eight athletes to the two who were announced on Monday, freestyle moguls skiers Jaelin Kauf and Olivia Giaccio.

Ski cross competitor Brant Crossan will compete March 18 in the qualification round and, if all goes well, March 19 in the finals.

On the snowboard side, Arielle Gold will compete March 10 in the halfpipe qualification round, then, if she makes finals, March 11. Rosie Mancari will race March 10 and potentially March 12 and 13 in snowboard cross.

Maggie Carrigan, Justin Reiter, AJ Muss, Robby Burns and Michael Trapp, then, will all compete March 14 in parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom March 16.

The World Championships have been particularly kind in the past to several of those athletes.

Gold won a world championship in 2013 — an event that catapulted her into a breakout season that eventually led to making the 2014 Winter Olympics team the following winter.

Reiter placed second in parallel slalom at the World Championships that same year, the best result of his career. All five United States athletes competing with Reiter in the Alpine snowboarding events train with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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