Kelly Clark wins 7th US Open halfpipe title
12 years after winning Gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Kelly Clark has once again proved why she’s the greatest competitor in snowboarding history, dominating the women’s halfpipe event at the Burton US Open in Vail, CO to win her 7th US Open title, the most wins in US Open history.
The Vermont legend was stoked: “The US Open means a ton to me,” said Clark. “I grew up nine miles away from the US Open. It really holds a near and dear place in my heart. If I could pick a contest to win, it would be this one. I’m really happy I was able to put down my run today.”
On a classic bluebird afternoon in Vail’s 22′ superpipe, Kelly put down a run that included a frontside 1080 indy, Cab 720 mute grab, indy to mute grab, backside 540 tail grab, frontside 900 indy, and a backside air, scoring an 89.33. In other achievements, Clark picked up her fourth World Snowboard Tour halfpipe title today too.
Kelly’s win was just one highlight of an amazing day’s snowboarding that saw Kelly’s US Olympian teammate Taylor Gold win his first men’s US Open halfpipe title, while fellow team iON rider and Olympian Scotty Lago joined in the fun, poaching the pipe finals with other non-competing friends and legends like Danny Davis and Terje Haakonsen, putting on an airshow between contest heats that was all about style and amplitude. Congratulations Kelly!