Kelly Clark Wins Snowboard Halfpipe Finals at Park City Grand Prix 2015 – Full Recap! (@kellyclarkfdn)

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Even with fresh snow on Park City Mountain Resorts halfpipe, the Americans were able to pull off a successful day in front of the home crowd at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix snowboard halfpipe comp. Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) took the winher second FIS World Cup victory of the seasonwhile Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) was on the podium in second place. Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) grabbed second in the mens pipe.

The crowd lined the sides of Park Citys steep halfpipe for the men and womens snowboard finals on Sunday afternoon, cheering on the eight Americans competing in the double-sanctioned FIS World Cup and Platinum-ranked event on the TTR World Tour. Clark took a big crash in practice earlier in the day, but put it aside and threw down an unbeatable first run. I took a pretty hard slam in practice and got pretty rattled, said Clark. So to come back and land my first run after that is a pretty huge achievement.

31-year-old Clark has had a strong history in Park City, where she won a gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. I heard them announcing that 13 years ago was the Salt Lake Olympics. I have great memories of this place and it has a lot of big moments in my career, said Clark, who also took the overall U.S. Grand Prix title with this win. Im kind of in awe when I step back and look at it that Im still able to do well in this sport and love this sport.

18-year-old Arielle Gold grabbed second, with a score of 88.75 behind Clarks 94.50. She was stoked on her first run, and like Clark, nailed the podium with that attempt. Im just happy I put down a run that Im comfortable with and was able to land a good run right from the start, said Gold. Xuetong Cai of China rounded out the womens podium in third place.

Arielle Golds brother, Taylor Gold, also scored a podium in the Sprint snowboarding halfpipe, second to Yiwei Zhang of China. Its awesome to get second here, relayed Gold. Yiwei totally deserved it. He did one of the biggest runs Ive ever seen. At the top, I was like Im going to do everything I can do. I wasnt holding anything back. Kent Callister of Australia was third.

But it was Zhang’s day. He had a nearly perfect runscoring a 98 on his final attempt with a massive double cork 1260. He landed the trick in X Games, taking fourth, but this is the first time the trick led to Zhang’s first major win. Because of Zhang’s result, Gold and Zhang tied for the overall Sprint U.S. Grand Prix tour title. Although Gold didnt nail the cab 12 he had been attempting, he is ready for it at the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, which athletes head to on Monday. Zhang finished second to Gold’s first in the 2014 U.S. Open.

Check out the full list of results from the Snowboarding Halfpipe Finals below.

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe – Final

Rank
Bib
Name
Year
Result
Level
Points
1 5
CHN

ZHANG Yiwei

1992 98.00 1000.00
2 1
USA

GOLD Taylor

1993 94.75 800.00
3 3
AUS

CALLISTER Kent

1995 88.50 600.00
4 4
USA

LADLEY Matthew

1991 85.75 500.00
5 6
SUI

SCHERRER Jan

1994 85.00 450.00
6 7
USA

FERGUSON Gabe

1999 81.50 400.00
7 9
USA

BRETZ Gregory

1990 78.25 360.00
8 2
USA

ESSER Brett

1992 70.25 320.00

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe – Results

Rank
Bib
Name
Year
Result
Level
Points
1 1
USA

CLARK Kelly

1983 94.50 1000.00
2 2
USA

GOLD Arielle

1996 88.75 800.00
3 3
CHN

CAI Xuetong

1993 80.75 600.00
4 4
CHN

LIU Jiayu

1992 75.25 500.00
5 6
FRA

GRIMAL Clemence

1994 65.75 450.00

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

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