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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) _ Arielle Gold has already missed an Olympic halfpipe competition because of a late injury, and she was hoping to never do it again.
Yet there she was this weekend, sitting in the snow on an Olympic mountain with her shoulder popped out of its socket.
”A little bit of a flashback to Sochi,” she said. “’Is this going to happen all over again?’”
Four years after a separated shoulder in practice cut short Gold’s first Olympic experience, the 21-year-old American was faced with the threat of an identical disappointment when she dislocated the same shoulder on the second day of practice in Pyeongchang. This time, though, she was able to get the arm reset, take some anti-inflammatories and grind her way to a bronze medal in Tuesday’s final.
It was the third time she’s separated it, along with having “kind of sub-luxed it a bunch.” The good news is now, the arm is much easier to get back into place.
"The doctors (say) that more that it happens, the less impactful it is," Gold said.
Gold’s injury in Sochi in 2014 came in a shoddy halfpipe on her final practice run. Her board wedged into a small bump near the bottom of the halfpipe, causing her to face plant and suffer the injury.
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Gold didn’t explain how she separated her shoulder this time around, but she was obviously relieved to find out it wouldn’t keep her from riding Tuesday.
“To just be able to kind of push through that is proving more so to myself than anything that I’m capable of overcoming whatever’s thrown at me,” she said.
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