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Clark Secures X Games Four-Peat

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USSA
2014-01-25 21:10
 

ASPEN, CO (Jan. 25) – Three-time Olympian Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) secured her fourth-straight X Games gold medal in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final Saturday night, just two weeks ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The final featured six U.S. women out of eight total athletes. Thirteen-year-old Chloe Kim (La Palma, CA) earned silver during her first X Games appearance, while Olympian Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID) took bronze. The men’s X Games halfpipe final kicks off Sunday night in Aspen, while the men’s Olympic halfpipe is scheduled for Feb. 11 with the women’s Feb. 12.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three-time Olympian Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) secured her fourth-straight X Games gold medal in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final Saturday night, just two weeks ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  • It was Clark’s seventh career X Games gold and her 12th medal overall, making her the most decorated woman in the X Games’s twenty-year history.
  • The final featured six U.S. women out of eight total athletes, including veteran Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) who was competing in her last career X Games. She finished sixth.
  • Thirteen-year-old Chloe Kim (La Palma, CA) earned silver during her first X Games appearance, while Olympian Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID) took bronze.
  • Olympian Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) filled out the top four.
  • The event saw all the athletes step up the competition, including Kim landing her first 900 in competition, Gold landing her first cab 900 of the season and Clark attempting a cab 1080 in preparation for Sochi.
  • The men’s X Games halfpipe final kicks off Sunday night in Aspen, while the men’s Olympic halfpipe is scheduled for Feb. 11 with the women’s Feb. 12.

QUOTES
Kelly Clark
I think it’s one of the best events of the year, coming here to X Games and getting to showcase our snowboarding and take women’s snowboarding forward. It’s been one of my privileges to be a part of that, and whenever I decide to leave it’s going to be in good hands.

Chloe Kim
The other women snowboarders are very inspirational, so I love competing with them. And to be on the podium with them is just so exciting and awesome

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