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Gold Siblings Crash Out of Olympics
Jewish athletes on Team USA in this year's winter Olympics shared a mixed bag of results over the last week.
Snowboarding siblings Taylor Gold, 21, and Arielle Gold, 17, from Steamboat Springs, CO., crashed out of their competitions. They are Jewish according to Buzzfeed.
The elder Gold was on a medal-winning run in the men's half-pipe event when he wiped out near the bottom of the course on Feb. 11. Due to the low score resulting from his fall, he did not advance to the final round.
But he took an optimistic tone on his Twitter account, writing: "Really bummed to fall in my runs, but I'm an Olympian and that's pretty cool. Thanks for the kind words. This is just the beginning."
Taylor's sister, a favorite to win a medal going into the women's half-pipe event, injured herself during a practice run and never made it to the competition. She posted a video of the crash on her Facebook page to explain to fans why she did not compete.
Figure skaters Jason Brown, from Highland Park, IL. and Charlie White, from Ann Arbor, MI., who both won bronze medals in the team figure skating event earlier in the Olympics, fared better than the Gold siblings.
Brown, 19, placed a respectable ninth in the men’s figure skating event on Feb. 14. He has been tabbed by many as a rising star for the future. He has come a long way since celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in 2007.
White, 26, won gold in the pairs ice dancing competition with partner Meryl Davis. The two have been skating together since they were both 10 years old. White also won a silver medal in the 201o Olympics in Vancouver for the same competition.