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Four U.S. Riders Qualify to World Championship Halfpipe Finals

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 7 2019
Chloe Kim at Park City
Chloe Kim at the 2019 FIS World Championships presented by Toyota Pacifico snowboard halfpipe qualifiers. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Ryan Wachendorfer)

Four U.S. Snowboard Team athletes will compete in the 2019 FIS Snowboard World Championship halfpipe finals on Friday at Park City Mountain, Utah.

Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) will by vying for her first-ever World Championships medal. In addition, Olympians Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Calif.) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) are also set to compete for the women.

“The pipe’s been riding well,” said Gold. “I think it’s been a bit challenging to get a solid cut because of the amount of snow that has been falling, but it’s supposed to dissipate throughout today and into tomorrow, so I think that’ll help a lot. We unfortunately haven’t gotten much practice because of all of the snow, but it helps that we’re mid-season, so hopefully the tricks will come back easy regardless. I’m excited to get back in there tomorrow, just looking to put down some runs that I’m happy with and have a great time doing it!”

For the men, 2019 Junior World Champion Toby Miller (Mammoth Lakes) will be representing the United States.

“The halfpipe here in Park City is world class,” said Miller. “When I heard World Championships were being held at Park City I knew the halfpipe was going to be amazing! World championships is such an amazing event because you get riders from all over the world coming to compete for their country on a non-Olympic year. I could not be happier to make finals here on home soil. The level of riding yesterday was through the roof. Friday is going to be a good show.”

The U.S. riders competing in the World Championship finals have collected a combined nine top-three finishes in halfpipe competition this season including the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., World Cup; Dew Tour modified superpipe; Laax, Switzerland, World Cup and X Games last month in Aspen, Colo.. All eyes are on the U.S. Snowboard Team as they come into the final round of competition with momentum in search for the coveted title of World Champion.

Tune into NBC to catch all the action!

Men’s halfpipe finals
Women’s halfpipe finals

All times EST
*Same-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 8

1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s halfpipe - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 9
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s halfpipe - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBC*