Kelly Clark (born July 26, 1983) is an American snowboarder who won halfpipe gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Clark was born in Newport, Rhode Island. She started snowboarding when she was 7 years old, began competing in 1999, and became a member of the US Snowboard team in 2000. On January 25, 2019, at the Winter X Games in Aspen, she announced her retirement from the sport.[1]

Kelly Clark
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Clark in 2014
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 39)
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
OccupationProfessional snowboarder
Medal record
Women's Snowboarding
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Salt Lake City Halfpipe
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver Halfpipe
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi Halfpipe
Winter Dew Tour
Gold medal – first place 2008-2009 Winter Dew Tour Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2008 Breckenridge Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2009 Mt. Snow Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2009 Northstar-at-Tahoe Superpipe
Winter X Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Aspen Superpipe
Gold medal – first place 2006 Aspen Superpipe
Gold medal – first place 2011 Aspen Superpipe
Gold medal – first place 2012 Aspen Superpipe
Gold medal – first place 2013 Aspen Superpipe
Gold medal – first place 2013 Tignes Superpipe
Gold medal – first place 2014 Aspen Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2003 Aspen Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2004 Aspen Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2009 Aspen Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2010 Aspen Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2015 Aspen Superpipe
Silver medal – second place 2016 Oslo Superpipe
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Aspen Superpipe
New Zealand Winter Games
Gold medal – first place 2013 Cardrona Halfpipe

BiographyEdit

Clark trained for competitive snowboarding at Mount Snow Academy in Vermont and graduated in spring 2001. She won a gold medal for women's halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics[2] and competed in the halfpipe event again in the 2006 Winter Olympics. She ended up placing fourth behind fellow Americans Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, as well as Norwegian Kjersti Buaas. In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Kelly won a bronze medal in the halfpipe after placing third behind American silver medalist Teter and Australian Torah Bright.

In the TTR World Tour 2007/2008 season, she recorded eight podium finishes out of 12 contest entries, with five of those as TTR Titles including the 6Star Burton European Open, the 5Star Chevrolet Grand Prix and the 6Star season-ending Roxy Chicken Jam US. In the 2008/2009 World Tour she finished the season as Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion.

Clark is based in Mammoth Lakes, California.[3]

Clark is a Christian. She rides with a sticker on her snowboard proclaiming, "Jesus, I cannot hide my love."[4] She discusses her faith and lessons from her life as a professional snowboarder in her 2017 memoir Inspired.[5]

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2015, Clark received the Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award.[6]

Competition historyEdit

Highlights of Swatch TTR 2009/2010 Season

  • 1st – Halfpipe – 5Star Burton New Zealand Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st – Halfpipe – 6Star Burton US Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st – Halfpipe – 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam US (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))

Highlights of Swatch TTR 2008/2009 Season Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion 2008/09

  • 3rd – Halfpipe – 5Star Burton New Zealand Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st – Halfpipe – 6Star Burton European Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st – Halfpipe – 5Star Nissan X-Trail Asian Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 2nd – Halfpipe – 6Star Burton US Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st – Halfpipe – 6Star Roxy Chicken Jam (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))

Victories on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour (status: July 2010)

TTR Star Level Number of victories
6Star Event 7 victories
5Star Event 4 victories
4Star Event 2 victories

Career highlights

 
Clark in 2010
  • 2010 Winter X Games – Superpipe – 1st place
  • 2009 Winter Dew Tour – Dew Cup – 1st place
  • 2008 Chevy Grand Prix – Tamarack – Halfpipe – 1st place
  • 2008 Winter X Games – Halfpipe – 2nd place
  • 2007 New Zealand Open – Quarterpipe – 1st place
  • 2007 New Zealand Open – Halfpipe – 2nd place
  • 2007 Burton Abominable Snow Jam – Overall – 2nd place
  • 2007 Burton Abominable Snow Jam – Halfpipe – 2nd place
  • 2006 US Grand Prix – Halfpipe – 1st pace
  • 2006 Burton New Zealand Open – Quarterpipe – 1st place
  • 2006 Burton New Zealand Open – Superpipe – 1st place
  • 2006 Chevrolet Grand Prix – Halfpipe – 2nd place
  • 2005 FIS World Cup – Halfpipe – 1st place
  • 2005 Grand Prix #3- Halfpipe – 2nd place

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kelly Clark". Archived from the original on July 19, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kelley Clark". Snowboarding Programs. US Snowboarding. Archived from the original on February 6, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 20, 2018, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Kelly Clark. YouTube (January 6, 2010). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  5. ^ "Inspired- Pursuit of Progress". Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "2015 ESPY Awards Nominees and Winners". 6abc.com. July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2015.

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