Kelly Clark dominates women's halfpipe qualifiers at Copper Mountain

19 December 2013 09:44
Kelly Clark (USA) competes at halfpipe qualifiers Copper Mountain
Kelly Clark (USA) competes at halfpipe qualifiers Copper Mountain -
Sarah Brunson

US snowboard icon Kelly Clark has once again underlined her halfpipe skills by ruling the World Cup event at Copper Mountain.

The 30-year-old pro from West Dover, VT, shined out the ladies field of 42 who competed under flood lights by topping her first score of 93.00 with an impressive clean and solid second run of her qualifying heat earning 96.00 of 100.

Clark stomped a frontside air to backside 540, frontside 720, cab 720 and a frontside inverted 720 thus setting the bar high for the ladies' finals of 8 scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21, 7 PM MST (3 AM CET).

“The pipe was really good tonight. You could go fast. You didn't have to worry about pulling off the wall as much because you were more likely to hit tranny. They did a great job with this pipe even considering the boys rode it all day. I loved it,” she said after her runs.

Beside Clark, seven more shredding queens are hoping to mount the Copper halfpipe throne including Gretchen Bleiler (USA) and Xuetong Cai (CHN) from heat 1 as well as reigning World Champion Arielle Gold (USA), Sophie Rodriguez (FRA) and Rana Okada (JPN) from heat 2.

Clark's fellow US Pro Team member Elena Hight and Kaitlyn Farrington complete the top 8 women as lucky loosers.

Full results of the women's qualifiers can be viewed here.