Gold, who is Jewish, finished third on Tuesday behind U.S. teammate Chloe Kim, 17, who took the gold, and silver medalist Jiayu Liu of China.
Gold, 21, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, reportedly had considered retiring after dislocating her right shoulder while training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She ultimately was not able to compete four years ago, though her older brother, Taylor, did.
On Tuesday in South Korea, Gold performed the demanding 1080 trick involving three rotations. Half the competitors attempted the move.
“I think that Steamboat is proud to have so many Olympians here, but to be able to bring home a medal to the town that has given me so much is amazing,” Gold told the Denver Post. “It’s not even the results. It’s just like the whole experience, the whole process has been so much more enjoyable for me.”
Gold, a former World Champion in the halfpipe event, is studying veterinary medicine at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kim’s parents are originally from South Korea.