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American teen wins world halfpipe championship

Jan 21, 2013, 12:14 PM EST

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American teen Arielle Gold lived up to her name at the snowboarding worlds in Stoneham, Quebec over the weekend, taking home first place in the halfpipe in her first year on the senior circuit.

“We were all kind of struggling to stay smooth and keep our amplitude up,” Gold told the AP. “I tried a cab 900 in my second run to see if I could up my score, but I couldn’t put it together.”

Gold, 16,  scored 79 points on her run to hold off Austria’s Holly Crawford (77.25) and France’s Sophie Rodriguez (72.50) who finished second and third.

However, the newly crowned world champ, who also currently sits first in the world halfpipe points ranking and 17th overall, is still somehow only an alternate for next week’s X-Games.

Looks like she still has some work to do proving herself before Sochi.