Taylor Gold is a renaissance man in the truest sense. Virtuoso guitarist? Check. Kite surfer? Check. Ripping mountain biker? Check. Professional snowboarding halfpipe magician? Check! Taylor has been competing in snowboard events since the age of 9. Dad, a former pro mogul skier, decided to raise the family in the historically snow-rich town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The mountain life upbringing shows. Taylor’s snowboarding career blossomed in 2011, when he won three gold medals in halfpipe at the FIS Junior World Championships (Valmalenco, Italy), U.S. Revolution Tour (Mt. Hood, OR), and the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championships (Copper Mountain, CO). Gold sat out 2012 with a heel injury and returned in 2013 and 2014 with a vengeance. This past Summer and Fall were spent strengthening that knee riding the endless dirt singletrack that surrounds his Breckenridge, CO home.
In my bag:
I always travel with a guitar for after riding and down days. Playing on a trip is a nice way to unwind and focus on something else for a while.
Why I chose snowboarding:
I was inspired to start snowboarding after watching the halfpipe at the 2002 Olympics. It was so different from the ski disciplines I grew up watching. The riders had their own style and picked their own tricks. They looked like they were flying, landing so smoothly even after being 20 feet off the ground. Snowboarding looked like so much fun.