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Snowboarder Arielle Gold will be a dark horse in the halfpipe at the Olympics in South Korea.
One day, she's hoping to treat horses.
Turns out, riding horses was her first love, and she wants to become an equine veterinarian.
She's at the end of her sophomore year at the University of Colorado, but is taking a break this semester to dial in her tricks. It's hard to study AND master the necessary tricks to compete in South Korea. She will certainly be in the medal mix, especially after pushing favorite Chloe Kim at the Winter X Games on Saturday night before finishing with the silver medal.
So, can Kim be beat?
"She can. I believe it," Gold said. "But it's so great to have someone like her who's spearheading the movement. Seeing Chloe do back-to-back 10s, that's just going to motivate myself ... all the other girls in the field to ride better."
The 21-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, grew up around horses and spends as much time as possible with her ponies, Sparky and Bugs.
"It was my primary passion," Gold said. "Once I started snowboarding, that got put on the back burner for a little bit. It's one of those things people can do their entire lives. I still have my horse and I go ride whenever I have time off. It's perfect."