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 |

Arielle Gold advances at World Championships

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Arielle Gold qualified in second place in the women's halfpipe Friday at the World Snowboard Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

The Steamboat Springs snowboarder's best run was scored at 92.50. Xuetong Cai led the field with a score of 94.75. U.S. rider Maddie Mastro was third at 92.00.

France's Clemence Grimal was fourth and Japanese riders Haruna Matsumoto and Hikaru Oe fifth and sixth, rounding out the riders qualifying for Saturday's finals.

Gold won a world championship in 2013 and is seeking to build on that accomplishment this season at the event.

Mancari advances

Rosina Mancari, a U.S. women's snowboard cross racer who trains with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, advanced in her event's qualification rounds Friday.

Mancari didn't finish her first run, but came through on her second to move into the finals, which are set for Sunday.

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