Elena Hight is the first women in 17 competitions to manage a first place finish against Kelly Clark. Hight won the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe to end Clark's remarkable streak. (Getty Images-Doug Pensinger)
STRATTON, VT (March 3) – Elena Hight (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) won the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe today at Stratton Resort in Vermont ending Kelly Clark's (West Dover, VT) streak of 16 consecutive wins. Ellery Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) gave the U.S. a women's sweep with a third place finish. On the men's side Shaun White (San Diego, CA) won, edging Louie Vito (Sandy, UT) and U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team athlete Benji Farrow (Ludlow, VT) who claimed third, giving the U.S. a sweep of the men's podium as well.
Elena Hight (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) won the Burton U.S. Open at Stratton Resort.
Hight's win ends Kelly Clark’s (West Dover, VT) winning streak at 16.
Hight edged Clark with a score of 85.50 to 85.19 while Hollingsworth at third had an 80.56.
Hight's winning run featured 900s back-to-back and a huge method air.
All six podium spots on the men's and women's sides were filled by American athletes.
Hight also won last week’s Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
Ellery Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) finished third on the women's side.
Shaun White (San Diego, CA) won the men's event.
Louie Vito (Sandy, UT) finished second, his fourth podium of the season.
Benji Farrow (Ludlow, VT) landed third, his first podium of the season.
Farrow is a U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team athlete
Steamboat Springs' Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Arielle Gold took fourth on the women's side.
Next up the team heads to Tignes, France for European X Games, March 14-16.
QUOTES Elena Hight It was definitely an amazing day out here and all the girls are just pushing it. Kelly is the level that we've all been trying to reach.
Kelly's been inspiring for the last two years, to all of us, and it's definitely been something to strive for. I couldn't be happier.
Kelly Clark I had a hard time putting down some runs today, but at the end of the day landing the run that I landed is really what I'm measuring myself up against and that was a great thing to overcome after my practice and after how my runs were going.
I love being in Vermont because everybody's so supportive. I guess if I was going to break my streak I might as well break it here because they're still gonna love me.