16-year-old Arielle Gold has been killing it this season landing on the podium three times in the last three weeks with the 2014 Olympic Superpipe Competition in sight. The Steamboat resident first emerged in the picture early in a red hot 2012 season where she earned silver medals in both slopestyle and halfpipe in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria and moved on to strike gold in halfpipe at the FIS Junior World Championships in Spain.
“This season was probably one of the most fun years I have ever had,” commented Gold on her 2012 performance. “I really enjoyed how much I progressed with my riding and got to travel a bunch of cool places with my friends. Next season I am looking forward to continuing to travel and for my riding to keep getting better.”
Gold most recently lead a USA sweep at the Burton European Open in Switzerland securing her first career major tour victory as the FIS World Champion. However, ten days prior to grabbing the title, she experienced a serious crash taking a 22-foot plunge off the lip of the halfpipe landing right on her head and cracking her helmet. Thanks to the Unequal’s supplemental head padding in her helmet she was able to walk away with zero injuries and hit the slopes within a few days!
“That was the worst fall that I’ve ever had,” exclaimed Gold. “On falls that I’ve hit my head not quite as badly, without the Unequal helmet I would have had to take a few weeks off probably. With this just a few days and I was back on snow.”
Unequal has saved multiple winter action sports athletes including Levi LaVallee, Torah Bright, Benji Farrow, and Maddy Shaffrick, who all now swear by wearing it whenever they’re on the slopes.
The Unequal Dome is the latest addition to their product line and is designed to give added protection to any headwear. The Dome is perfect for extreme sports like skiing and snowboarding because it can be worn freely or under a helmet without any installation or modifications.
Safety is always one of the biggest concerns on the mountain and with more innovative technology, this is saving season-ending injuries, especially for winter action sport athletes.