Perfection is elusive, but for most of the last two winters Kelly Clark was on fire, winning 16 of 17 halfpipe contests and remaining undefeated in finals. When her “sweet 16” streak ended, it was with a 2nd place finish at the US Open, a feat that would have easily been a highlight for anyone she beat during her reign. Easily the winningest woman in halfpipe history, Kelly Clark’s meteoric rise established a legacy of greatness. Right out of the gate, Kelly scooped a mind-blowing 23 podiums before she was even a legal adult—including a Vans Triple Crown win, a Junior World Championship title, and an overall Grand Prix title. Since then, she’s added multiple X Games medals, a record-setting five US Open pipe wins, and Olympic Gold and Bronze. In 2010-11, she was nearly perfect, winning everything from the New Zealand Open, O’Neill Evolution and Burton European Open halfpipes to the X Games, Canadian Open, Mammoth Grand Prix, Burton Global Open title and the overall Dew Cup title. Kelly started the 2011-12 season with her third straight New Zealand Open Halfpipe victory. She followed that up with back-to-back victories at the Grand Prix and Dew Tour then defended her gold at X Games, once again sticking massive 1080s in the finals. In the end she also added the European Open, won Euro X by 10 points, took home the Global Open title (again) and added the World Snowboard Championship Title to a trophy case that might just be the biggest in snowboarding. It will likely need to get even bigger next season if her incredible run continues.
The Olympic countdown is in full force and now that the season is officially over everyone is looking to the spring and summer to get all the last minute riding kinks, tricks, and plans worked out. The US Team is on that same program. We just spent t... read more
I’m a carnivore, a real old fashion meat eater and while I’ll enjoy a green thing or two, steaks and burgers are my preference. Throw in a side of crispy fries and a vanilla shake and we’ve got something to talk about. Here are my top picks for... read more
The US Open is moving to Vail. I’m sure you’re all aware of this by now but since the US Open is upon us this week, the reality of it is really setting in. Being a Vermont girl, I had the opportunity to witness the best snowboarding in the world ... read more
The 2014 Olympics are one year away. Kind of crazy to think that at this time next year the halfpipe and slopestyle medals will have been awarded and we’ll be celebrating another Olympics! And after being in Russia for a week, it’s even crazier t... read more