Elena Hight, who made history by being the first person to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo, continues to push women’s snowboarding to the next level. (Getty Images/Ezra Shaw)
Scotty Lago, Shaun White and rookie Taylor Gold on the podium after the fourth halfpipe qualifier at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, where Gold punched a ticket to Sochi with his third-place finish Friday.
U.S. Snowboarding’s top riders will be preparing for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with a pair of on-snow training sessions at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Mt. Hood.
Despite the falling snow, Kelly Clark took her 62nd victory and the gold medal at the X Games Tignes women’s halfpipe on Wednesday.
Kelly Clark was leading after the first round of a FIS Snowboard World Cup in Sochi.
Kelly Clark took gold leading a USA sweep with Elena Hight taking silver and Arielle Gold bronze.
Under clear skies and chilly temperatures, Luke Mitrani and Olympic champion Kelly Clark led the USA finishing second at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix will open its 17th season with halfpipe snowboarding and newly added Olympic sport slopestyle snowboarding at Copper Mountain Jan. 9-12.
Despite battling snowy conditions and a slow halfpipe Shaun White and Kaitlyn Farrington came out on top at Dew Tour halfpipe finals.
The 2013 U.S. Snowboarding team was named at a fan event at Copper Mountain.
Athletes participate in a coat drive for New York Cares.
Under a starry French sky, team USA swept the snowboard halfpipe podium at European X Games.
Louie Vito soared to a U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe title Saturday at Mammoth Mountain.
Kelly Clark scored gold at the Winter X Games to win her 14th consecutive competition.
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If you're looking to watch back-to-back 900s all day, call Elena Hight. She's had her 9s on lock since 2003. In fact, she was the first woman to land one in competition (at only 13 years old) and immediately became a halfpipe star. She made her way onto the Olympic team in 2006, when she finished sixth. She was back on the team in 2010, taking 10th in Vancouver. She kept the ball rolling in 2011 with an appearance on the Dew Tour podium before racing off to the backcountry to film.
Hight was all silver and gold in 2012, taking home back-to-back silver medals at the Aspen and Euro X Games alongside victories at the Burton US Open and Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
In the 2013 season Hight made history at X Games Aspen and took women’s snowboarding to a whole new level. She was the first snowboarder (male or female) to perform a double backside alley-oop rodeo in a halfpipe competition. Her performance earned her a silver medal and she then went on to win another silver at X Games Tignes.
In the 2014 season, Hight continued to chase down the double backside alley-oop rodeo, hoping to make history with it at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Unfortunately she fell short of that goal, narrowly missing a spot on what would have been her third Olympic team. Don’t worry; she’ll be back in the halfpipe for 2015, ready to boost bigger than ever.
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